Back in November of 2010 Federal Court Justice Michael Kelen gave the Treasury Board of the Government of Canada (GoC) 15 months to make all of it's websites accessible to the blind. This is still a landmark case even though the government decided to appeal the case on Jan 10th. I'm not sure how much longer the appeal will extend the case, but the writing is on the wall, the GoC is going to need to begin the long and difficult process of ensuring that it's millions of public web pages are accessible to all Canadians . It is unclear...
We've been very busy working on Drupal 7 enhancements for the last two years. It's gotten really hectic around our office in the last few months so we're not able to devote the time we wanted to launch a flashy new design. We've got a new design in the works to replace the one we set up back in early 2007 when Drupal 5 came out, but we've been prioritizing our efforts on getting to our clients sites rather than finishing up ours. Given that we're not going to be able to launch the new design in January, I've decided...
I just updated the docs on drupal.org and discovered that D7 will take care of the permissions. I was working on my first Drupal 5 to 7 migration earlier today and ran into an issue with the file system I hadn't needed to define previously. Drupal 7 has both a public and private file system path that you can define. This is great for security as you can easily divide what files you want available to the anonymous public and which they should be denied access. Drupal can be used to control delivery to users with appropriate permissions. This is...
I'm the first to admit that search engine optimization is important. I know that there is a lot to be learned about how to drive people to your site and ensure that they keep coming back to it. Two years ago it was estimated that there were 63 billion pages indexed by search engines . How will your site show up in the first pages of Google results if you don't get an edge over everyone else? I know that there really are 'SEO Experts' out there, that know the web well and have seriously researched search engine behavior. But...
Earlier this year we agreed to sponsor the IdealWare's 2010 report comparing popular open source content management systems , and we're glad to have done so! It is so important to have a review of different systems if only to encourage discussion & debate about software use in the non-profit sector. Why Drupal 7 is Great Earlier this week I boasted on the NOSI discussion list about Drupal 7's accessibility enhancements. I know how much more accessible it was than Drupal 6. I have also done some work to compare it with other popular CMS systems. We've developed a frank...
In preparing for my live streamed HD session at Drupal Camp Montreal 2010 , I was prompted by someone's tweet or blog post from DrupalCon Copenhagen to try a different approach with this presentation. I'd much rather be facilitating than presenting, but I do have a message I want to spread to the community, so I had to take this seriously. Now the quality of the notes from DrupalCon's are definitely getting getting better. Here's examples from San Francisco & Copenhagen (links removed). There's stuff here that should be borrowed by many other conferences. A few folks I respect have...
I'm happy to announce that the video of my presentation is now online. Thanks DBNStudios for recording it. I'd also like to thank @cobalt123 , @Chris Devers , @Let Ideas Compete , @OlsenWeb , @crizzirc , @mcbeth , @liber , @leshoward , @willem velthoven , @nickhall , @Stefan , @cobalt123 , @Kalense Kid , @Kalense Kid , @PhillipC , @United Nations Photo , @ChrisGoldNY , @Norma Desmond , @Sara G... , @Dan Kunitz , @Gabor Hojtsy , @Christolakis , @Don Solo, @cobalt123 , @Rene Ehrhardt , @patrick h. lauke , @m.gifford , @ , @NJLA: New Jersey Library Association licensing...
OpenConcept has once again made a donation of books to Ottawa's Public Library . In 2008 we made a similar, but smaller, donation but since then the selection of resources have grown considerably. There are now 16 titles in the library's catalog and our donation includes a number of Drupal 7 books which have yet to be distributed. The growth of interest in Drupal is continuing to grow and we believe that it benefits everyone to make resources widely available. Donating books in the past has brought us staff, but also helps our client base. The four Lullabot DVD's we...
I've taken the notes about the process we are going through for our own site & attached it to this Drupal Accessibility Group Wiki Page . Please feel free to edit it. We have gotten a number of RFP's in the past that have stated WCAG 2.0 AAA compliance as one of the requirements that they would like to have in their response. It is great when folks are aware enough about accessibility issues that they can state of of their goals is to achieve the highest level of accessibility for their site. Really, who wouldn't want to have their...