In the City's Drupal implementation we focused on the implementation of mapping services, improving accessibility and managing the thousands of old URLs to the new location. We also implemented a bilingual and accessible Drupal distribution which was developed as part of the Government of Canada's Web Experience Toolkit.
Just because someone is not legally defined as disabled does not mean that they find your website easy to use.
If using your site is difficult or uncomfortable because accessibility was not one of the core design principles, it will drive away far more visitors than those who identify themselves as "disabled."
Making your site accessible is much more than a moral obligation, it is simply good business.
- you work in government, or often work with government departments;
planned giving is/should be an important part of your funding mix;
- your member/support base is older, and/or moving into that demographic (e.g. boomers);
- you are legally obligated to be/become compliant (do you know if you are or will be soon?);
- you are any sort of human rights organization.
We can all agree that accessibility is important, but what does that actually mean?
OpenConcept has made accessibility one of our core areas of expertise and we can help make your website meet the accepted standards. With OpenConcept you get the expertise and experience that ensures that your Drupal website does what you want reliably and safely for the full life cycle of the site.
OpenConcept is committed to producing accessible websites. Our company is actively working to create a better world and working for to reduce the barriers to disabled people is something we've been able to contribute. The Internet is a vital way for people to learn & interact with friends, but also with organizations and government agencies that we all depend on.
We realized that we could make a bigger impact to improve accessibility if we focused on building tools that improved the default level for a popular Content Management System (CMS).
We have built this site as a demonstration of what is possible with Drupal 7 and also as a means to develop best practices for the community to consider. OpenConcept has spearheaded the accessibility initiative within the Drupal community and is engaged in developing, documenting and sharing best practices.
This site has not been fully evaluated against WCAG 2.0 guidelines, but we are always evolving our approach and improving it so that we can remove barriers for everyone. We are watching the adoption of the global WCAG guidelines in Ontario with the AODA, Quebec's SGQRI 008 & the USA's updated Section 508 guidelines.
We also are participating in the Government of Canada's Web Experience Toolkit (WET). By being involved in these initiatives we are always learning new ways to make our work more inclusive.
Accessibility & Compliance
We believe that accessibility isn't about checklists, but rather about being inclusive as we approach developing our site and our content. Although we have a great deal of respect for the WAI's guidelines we see them as being only part of our approach.
We also encourage people to write to us to inform us about barriers that they meet when accessing our site. The feedback form below will help us identify and fix the problem.
Because we are involved in the broader web accessibility community, we are always re-considering the techniques used in this site. Presently, we have not enabled a text resizing widget on our site because we want to direct folks so that they learn how to use their browser.
We have also decided not to implement access keys at this time because implementation has been too inconsistently applied at this point and we believe that they cause more problems than they solve. If you have strong opinions about this, please let us know.
This site is built with Drupal but our implementation presents our users with HTML5, CSS3 and WAI-ARIA. Although widely supported by web browsers best practices have yet to be established for these new standards.
We are confident that moving forward with this framework, built on Drupal 7, that we will make our site as universally accessible as possible. For more about our accessibility efforts, please refer to our accessibility blog.
We make mistakes though, so if there are ways that we could help eliminate barriers that are stopping you from using our site, please let us know. If you have problems accessing this form you can also send us an email or a message on Twitter.