Accessibility

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

Bèrto ëd Sèra@dr's picture

an experimental platform

You might be interested in an experimental platform based on Drupal 5.1 that we are making for small linguistic entities. Basically it delivers the capability of speaking, along with reading, by introducing an added MP3 vocal file to all nodes and comments.

The english version is at http://eng.i-iter.org a first running example in the piemontese language is at http://pms.i-iter.org

We look for volunteer developers and translators to localize the platform into other languages, so feel free to add requests to join the alpha stage. Bear in mind that alpha really means alpha...

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Bèrto ëd Sèra@dr's picture

Some tech spexx

Okay, let's try and say it as a geek ;) The main idea would be to have:
- "everything is a cluster of nodes", meaning that we have but ANY traditional drupal content type can embed a streaming MP3 with the spoken text for the node, and/or a video.
- no fixed starting point (a node can be born as text and later add up video/picture/audio or as any of the other formats)
- a "multimedia cluster" should start to stream its audio content (if present) as soon as it's navigated to.
- a "cluster" should have audio links streaming audio help texts

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Bèrto ëd Sèra@dr's picture

Our problem is analphabetism

Our problem is analphabetism. That is, people who cannot read/write in their own languages. It may sound a pretty weird audience, but actually it’s tens of millions of people in Europe (almost no minority language is taught in schools). Same technology maybe pretty useful if used to contact reent migrants who probably won’t be much fluent in the local written language, while they already may communicate orally.

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swimswimswim's picture

Accessible Drupal examples

I would like to show my local county and library officials examples of government websites that are accessible and use Drupal. I am looking for full or partial ada compliance.

I surfed a City website in Florida that was partially accessible (it had "quick" or "fast" (?) links) but I can't find it again.

Thanks.

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njivy's picture

Navigation for blind people: "Skip to main"

Blind people, when using screen readers or refreshable braille displays, must read web pages sequentially. Typically this means plowing through the page navigation before reaching the main content.

We can provide helpful links, links which are noticeable only to people using non-visual browsers, which allow them to skip over the navigation. It's really easy.

<a class="accessible" href="#bmain" name="btop"><img src="/files/spacer.gif" width="1" height="1" alt="Skip to main" /></a>

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laura s's picture

Do you design for handhelds?

Yes, always
16% (10 votes)
Sometimes
21% (13 votes)
I know I should, but I don't bother
25% (15 votes)
No. Should I?
30% (18 votes)
No. Why the heck should I?
8% (5 votes)
Total votes: 61
narres's picture

Theme site set up

There is set up a small testing site for themes at http://theme.drupaler.net/.

I've tried to install all available themes (4.7.2) and categorized them according to their validatation against "Markup", "CSS" and "WCAG".

All Installed themes can be easily tested from a "Test [$theme]" link. If you are registered you are able to vote for a theme.
If a theme is missing, you should post a story with the [$theme].tar.gz

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narres's picture

CSS Error & Warning free: ! or ?

As I've started "W3C compliant CSS"-issue (http://drupal.org/node/70296) as a wish, it was the first one in the chain of validitaion.

The main critism of warning-free css-validation is the "inherit" argument, which changes nothing visible, but is needed by W3C-validation (warning free).

In my opinion there is a difference between an "explicit defined default" and an "undefined default", cause the "explicit defined" says: Yes, I'm sure, that I want to do this.
As we are experienced webusers, we know that the warning of "undefined color" doesn't make visible sense. But it's one of my most-hated questions customers asks me twice a month: "Why does your site so much validation warnings, although you are working active for accessibility?".

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Gunnar Langemark's picture

What is the status?

I'd be interested in a compiled document "bullet-pointing" status on Drupal accessibilities. What standards does it adhere to - how much? What remains to be done to make Drupal and whatever theme fully accessible according to this and that standard?

Would that be a good starting point?
Does it exist yet?

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