Accessibility

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...
By Mike Gifford on 04/12/2008
I spent two days earlier this week in presentations to largely government employees about accessibility issues. It was organized by GOL Communications and we were invited largely to do with our work on the working to establish a collaborative CLF themes. 
There were more presentations about WCAG 2.0 than I'd ever heard prior to this event, and it was interesting to have it broken down int for principals that were pretty understandable.  We must all strive to make websites perceivable, operable, understandable & robust.  Surely focusing on those priorities as content developers would make...
By Mike Gifford on 18/11/2008
Last week Steve Lecomte and I met with Marquis Coté & Tamey McIntosh with digitalOttawa to talk about CLF 2.0 implementation/training and the launch of their new site commonlookandfeel.ca. It was good to hear about their vision for the site and where they hope to take the community.  The site just launched this morning, and it is clear that they will be starting to add a lot of content to the site to help support a move towards compliance. We're looking forward to seeing where this initiative goes and finding ways to collaborate with others in the community. 
Steve was able to make it to...
By Mike Gifford on 14/11/2008
I spent much of today talking about the Government of Canada's Common Look & Feel. For most people this is just the branding initiative that sets all federal websites to look more or less alike. There are lots of good reasons to do this, although mostly it is a matter of trying to ensure that the information is accessible.
Unfortunately, accessibility is something that takes a back seat to the branding that most people are concerned with. Search engines are the worlds biggest population of visually impaired site visitors, and yet very rarely is accessibility seen as a top priority.
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By Mike Gifford on 31/08/2008
We use validators for our themes in order to produce standards compliant websites (HTML, CSS, speed and accessibility).  We ran into this problem earlier in the week though with a theme we inherited from someone else.  The error was that not all of the characters included in the file were UTF-8, the new standard for international character sets. 
I believe that someone had just cut/paste the header values in from an old site and included them directly in the page.tpl.php file.  This isn't unusual when upgrading a site, but certainly demonstrates the importance of validation. As a result, the...

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