We were happy to see that at the end of 2012, the main website for the Government of Ontario(GoO) moved to Drupal 7. Their new site demonstrates that it is possible to have a visually interesting site that meets the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA). Many folks reading this blog post will know that the AODA requires a wide range of organizations within Ontario to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0 AA). WCAG is an International standard organized by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), they are responsible for a number of standards for the Internet including the specification for HTML5. The new Drupal site is also using modern HTML5, which has benefits in providing more semantic markup.
There are many aspects of their new site that benefits from the accessibility work that OpenConcept has lead over the last five years. The Ontario.ca site is very interactive and most of the elements like the contact us form meet WCAG 2.0 AA compliance by default. Because the Drupal community has worked to make all elements of Drupal accessible, labels are by default associated with most custom web forms.