Accessibility

By Mike Gifford on 16/12/2010
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 there are an equal number of people who have taken a course or two,...
By Mike Gifford on 14/12/2010
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 accessibility...
By Mike Gifford on 25/10/2010
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 their images under a creative commons license so...
By Mike Gifford on 29/09/2010
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 website be universally accessible to their users?...
By Mike Gifford on 09/08/2010
Everett Zufelt & I have agreed to present a webinar entitled Introduction to Accessibility and Planning for an Accessible Website. We'll be posting links to the archive when it's up, but wanted to ensure that the presentations were available online (along with a PDF version) before it went live in case people wanted to follow along this way.
This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons Share-Alike license so please feel free to enhance/distribute it.
For those that missed it there is now a video archive of the presentation available.

Questions from the end of the presentation....
By Mike Gifford on 22/03/2010
OpenConcept is pleased to announce the release of an Accessibility White Paper.  We have been actively promoting accessibility in Content Management Systems for the last two years and are happy to be able to provide some insights. This document is especially relevant if you are involved in web communications for government agencies or for organizations within the province of Ontario. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at accessibility@openconcept.ca.
By Mike Gifford on 17/03/2009
It's been another big week for accessibility issues & Drupal (and we're just barely at Wednesday). Got another patch committed to Drupal 7 (thanks Angie), but found another couple of bugs to add to the Accessibility Improvement's list. I taped a video of a friend of mine with Cerebral Palsy (Al Shain) trying to create an account and log into Drupal. That was certainly educational, and I've tossed it all up on Youtube with annotations for usability issues.
Presentation Summary
I just came back from a great talk by Mark McKay, who is the Tech Lead of Interaction Design Group at Industry...
By Mike Gifford on 03/03/2009
I think there are a number of ways that Drupal 7 could be much more accessible out of the box than it is right now. I've spent a bit of time working on a few items to improve and document some accessibility enhancements. Spent some time going through WCAG 2.0 documentation & comparing it with Drupal Core. And have been making patches and proposing best practices enhancements for a number of projects.
I'm definitely much more of a PHP/MySQL developer, but the complexity of finding a neat solution that works for SEO, across all major browsers, and also with several screen readers is pretty...
By Mike Gifford on 10/01/2009
I've been blogging a lot recently about accessibility.  This was started recently by the work that we have been doing around the Common Look and Feel of Government of Canada websites, but I've been involved in disability issues for a long time and so really would like to see the Internet be friendlier to a whole bunch of people with different abilities. 
If WCAG 2.0 is the current path to make information more accessible, it is in my best interests not only to have a checklist of items that our sites need in order to be Level A, AA or AAA compliant or more importantly get as many of them as I...

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