Accessibility

All you WCAG nuts this is the place for you: how to make Drupal more accessible. Hints, tips, discussion and patch proposals.

emmajane's picture

Accessible theme suggestions needed

For most of the new D7 book that I'm working on I'll be using Bartik for screen shots. The theming chapter will include instructions on how to re-colour Bartik and Garland as well as give some good alternate themes. There will be little (if any) information on how to manipulate .tpl.php files. This is a pointy-clicky site building beginner book. (Yes, Front End Drupal will be updated for v7 next year.)

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emmajane's picture

Review of book chapter needed

I'm in the mad dash to the finish on my new book, "Drupal: A User's Guide." I have an entire chapter dedicated to accessibility. I'm an author so I like to pretend it's a pretty awesome chapter (it helps me sleep at night). I could really use a second or fourth set of eyes on the content though. The book is D7 and the chapter includes information on WCAG 1/2, Section 508 compliance. If you have some time this weekend to review the chapter I would be very appreciative.

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SteveLee's picture

accessibility definition could include situational dissabiities

Just a thought that occurred while browsing around; the accessibility definition could be extended to include situational disability - e.g bright light, noisy, small screen etc. http://ow.ly/29Om5

mgifford's picture

What Summary Tables Should Be Included in Core?

Hey Folks,

I was just looking at evaluating the forum pages for accessibility:
http://drupal.org/node/821672

And noticed that there was no summary for the table here:
http://drupal7.dev.openconcept.ca/forum/1

I think that there should be a summary for this table as defined here:
http://www.dhs.state.il.us/IITAA/IITAAWebImplementationGuidelines.html#w...

But thought we should look & talk a bit more about where to insert these in core and how to approach it.

Any ideas.

mgifford's picture

July Drupal Accessibility IRC Discussion

Start: 
2010-07-06 14:00 - 16:00 America/Montreal

Drupal Accessibility IRC chat, we're setting up another one for July.

Join the #drupal-accessibility IRC Group now and make sure to be there on Tuesday, July 6th

The agenda is still being formed but will likely include:

  • Agenda Review
  • Drupal's Accessibility Statement
  • #D7AX pledge progress
  • Remaining items for D7
  • Approaches for D8, especially in collaboration with usability team
  • Setting the time for the next meeting

Tools and Resources for Accessibility

We have a number of tools mentioned in various discussions on our site already, and I'm about to add another. So I thought I would put it in this wiki, where we can start linking to all these tools. It's also a workspace for refining our presentation of them until it's ready for prime time.

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mgifford's picture

Next #a11y chat is Tuesday June 1st at 2pm on IRC

Start: 
2010-06-01 14:00 - 16:00 America/Montreal
Organizers: 

So given the interest and levels of participation in the May Drupal Accessibility IRC chat, we're setting up another one for June.

Join the #drupal-accessibility IRC Group now and make sure to be there on Tuesday, June 1st

The agenda is still being formed but will likely include:

  • Drupal's Accessibility Statement
  • #D7AX pledge progress
  • Approaches for D8, especially in collaboration with usability team
  • Remaining items for D7
YaxBalamAhaw's picture

GSoC Accessibility Project

Hey y'all. My Google Summer of Code proposal (see Drupal for All) has been accepted, so I will be working on improving the accessibility of Drupal 7 in a few areas this summer. Mainly I plan on making accessible sub-themes of the core themes, accessible content creation (through a wysywig editor), and making Views more accessible (or at least the output). I probably will not start the actual coding until the program officially begins (May 28).

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Accessibility pledge modules/themes

This is just a list of modules that would be good to pledge to do more on accessibility in Drupal 7. If we can get 10-20 of these central contrib modules & themes to sign on it will be much easier to get others to follow. The modules we want to pledge were originally taken from April's usage stats. This is largely a #D6 list and although I've eliminated some, there is more that should happen to whittle this list down.

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Accessibility pledge wiki

Accessibility tag:
#D8AX - Drupal 8 Accessibility eXperience (previously #D7AX)

Wording of accessibility tag:

#D8AX - I pledge to make this [module or theme] as accessible as it can be. If you find any flaws, please submit an issue [link to issue queue]. Help me fix them if you can.

Copy and paste the following to your project page:

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cboyden's picture

Accessibility pledge

Accessibility tag: #DAX or similar?

Wording of accessibility tag: “I pledge to make [this module or theme] as accessible as it can be.” With a link to a drupal.org page on accessibility.

What the pledge means: The developer commits to evaluating their module or theme; fixing critical issues found during evaluation; adding accessibility improvements into future development; and responding to accessibility issues if they are filed. The developer should consider the user experience of administrators, content creators, and site visitors.

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johnbarclay's picture

Reworking of Accessible Helper Module

I reworked the accessible helper module into an api and a fix and help module. The documentation is below and does an ok job of showing what I am going for. Its more of a proof of concept than an alpha version, but I think it works. I'm definatley looking for feedback. I made an short video also. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZkccMbt7CQ The module is at http://johnbarclay.com/accessible.zip until I get it checked in.

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Jeff Burnz's picture

Accessibility review of Bartik

Most of you know that a couple of new themes are proposed for Drupal 7 core - at the moment the only real contender at this stage is Bartik and we have a deadline looming on the 17th May.

Right now we really need some help in the issue queue not least of which is a comprehensive accessibility review of work-to-date and ongoing as there are many changes to come.

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leigen's picture

The Limited Vision Accessabilty Problem -- The Majority of the Accessiblity Problem

Between 12 and 16 percent of all adults (in America and Canada) are not blind but have difficulty seeing small objects especailly type. They are the readers of the large type book editions. The great majority of the people who have visual accessiblity problems with computers are NOT blind. The majority simply have what the medical profession describes as "low vision" or "limited vision." This is typically the situation where the individual has sight, but cannot discern small details or discriminate between letters of small fonts.

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Everett Zufelt's picture

Add an accessibility list to lists.drupal.org

Just a quick FYI that I have opened a new Drupal.org Infrastructure issue at http://drupal.org/node/784376 to request an accessibility list be added to lists.drupal.org. If you think this is a good or bad idea then I'd encourage you to leave a comment on the issue.

  1. Questions about the accessibility of Core, contributed modules, and contributed themes.
  2. Ideas for enhancing the accessibility of Core, contributed modules, and contributed themes.
  3. Questions about how to do X accessibly with a Drupal implementation.
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oedipus's picture

ARIA's current developmental status & Drupal accessibility

while i am biased towards early ARIA adaptation, having worked on the ARIA spec for longer than i'd care to remember, i would counsel both early adaptation AND redundancy for graceful degredation, for, as everett has consitently and correctly pointed out, implementation of ARIA is incomplete and inconsistent...

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Cliff's picture

Issues with Testing ARIA-based Interfaces for Accessibility

Not much to say here, but perhaps this would be a good place to hash out what we know and need to know about doing accessibility tests on ARIA-based interfaces. It's a real challenge.

A good place for background information is Jared Smith's presentation at the November 2009 Accessing Higher Ground Conference, Accessibility of Rich Internet Applications.

Everett Zufelt's picture

Accessibility Conference Call for May 2010

I was overwhelmed by the amazing support that accessibility is receiving from the Drupal community, we really do rock! We had an excellent presentation at Drupalcon last week by Kate Lynch, and a couple of very productive BoF sessions. In the second session we started to put together some ideas for how we can move forward to ensure that Drupal 8 is a completely accessible CMS, including communicating an accessibility statement, and making sure as many Drupal modules and themes as possible are accessible.

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Everett Zufelt's picture

Accessibility Check Block Module

I am working on developing an accessibility checking module. Mostly this effort is to learn more about module development, but I am hoping that te module is helpful to others. The overview is that the module will provide a block with a list of links to good online accessibility testing sites. When a user clicks a link from any page on the site it will take them to the web-site of the testing tool they have selected.

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bowersox's picture

DrupalCon Accessibility BoF #2 Notes

After quick introductions, we chose 3 topics to focus on: first, the Accessibility Pledge idea; second, Drupal 8 planning; and third, the Accessibility Statement. Many of these ideas were discussed earlier, including at Accessibility BoF #1.

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