Web accessibility is an important but often neglected piece of today’s web environment. Drupal 7 Core made a step in making the websites more accessible by default. Since it's release there have been improvements to Core's accessibility and also to the contributed modules to make the platform much more accessible. Drupal 8 has added extensive support for accessibility in the Core. For anyone trying to make a barrier-free website, it is important to know what these features are and how each can be used. Throughout this series we will look into the variety of accessibility features that Drupal 8 will...
Working in a team can be a lovely experience or a total disaster. Most workplaces have dealt with these situations before, many are still emailing Word Documents between contributors and hoping to get feedback with track changes or comments which then need to get manually compiled. Using approaches like this can easily find maintaining a document almost unmanagable. Writing documentation can be just as polarizing. It has been two years since OpenConcept released the Drupal Security Guide , a document which provides important security principles, best practices for basic security, and extra steps to be considered. Originally, the document was...
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In a previous blog post, we explained why PDFs have outlived their usefulness and that you should be using the EPUB format instead. It just makes sense to use a format that gives you a wide variety of accessible and mobile-friendly options by default. But what is EPUB exactly and how does one use it? An EPUB file is a ZIP archive that contains HTML5 files, images, CSS style sheets, and everything used to essentially make a website. It can handle most elements that are associated with modern browsers, which make’s is a great way to share documents in a...
PDFs have served their purpose, but it is time to stop using them. Just as they have become convenient to use they have outlived their usefulness . PDFs need to be seen as the liability that they are. PDFs were intended to be a Portable Document Format. Something that anyone could open and read in a common format. It’s been a way more professional way to send a document like a resume or annual report than using Microsoft Word. There are far fewer concerns about virus’ or version numbers and it generally managed to lock in the look of the...
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I have been developing open-source software now for over a decade and feel that community software is a really important concept for inclusive technology. With the rise of the Linux operating system and more importantly with the growth of the Internet, more people and companies have embraced a collaborative culture. The growth of do-it-yourself initiatives that allow creators to use, modify and distribute ideas is key to making technology fit a wider range of humanity. My company, OpenConcept, has been developing open-source solutions for the Web for the last 15 years. We develop with a popular Content Management System (CMS)...
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OpenConcept organized and hosted an event in our offices to promote Benefit Corps (BCorp) earlier in the year. It was great to see just how many people came out to this event on a very cold February evening. We did this because we want to see more businesses in Canada become interested in becoming certified. We reached out to MP's & MPP's because there are legislative changes that can be made which will provide more incentives for businesses to become BCorps. We also reached out to municipal counselors as municipalities in the USA are starting to take measures to incentivize...
Most people have never heard of Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART), but it is a great way to make a live event more accessible. CART isn't as good for the deaf as ASL, but it is generally seen as sufficient accommodations. The Canadian Hearing Society has some very legitimate concerns about how CART is implemented and provides suggestions about how this should be regulated better. I've now seen CART used at Carleton's Accessibility Summit , Accessibility Camp TO and CSUN15 but have only seen them at accessibility focused events. In organizing A11yYOW last year, we made sure to include CART...
With the cost of computers dropping we are seeing them in places most people don't recognize. It is totally amazing the computing power that's been built into the $35 Raspberry Pi and they are also in our cars, TVs and many other products that could never afford to be "smart" before. One of the most common devices that people don't see as computers is their router. Most organizations now have several routers to make it more convenient to access the Internet. Although they don't look much like computers, they are. OpenConcept is a web development shop and doesn't offer security...
At this time of year, a lot of people are thinking about gifts, both those that we give and receive. It is often a joyous time, although often stressful too. People come together and often reflect on what has happened in the last year, celebrate the victories and set new goals for the year ahead. We have a great deal to be thankful for and it is a time of year when we find ourselves expressing gratitute for those who have supported us and are part of our community. I don't think we are particularly good at doing this in...
I was happy to have OpenConcept well represented at Ottawa's first Ladies Learning Code Drupal event. There was a great turnout of interested people, keen to get their feet wet learning Drupal. Mathew Winstone from Coldfront Labs led the full day event. It was clear how much work he had put into getting new people who weren't familiar with programming started with Drupal. It was great to be able to leverage Pantheon 's free hosting service to get people started. Fortunately, we didn't need to introduce the students to Git or installing a local environment before getting them involved in...