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

Charles Belov's picture

Accessibility of italics in the administrative UI

I saw a demo of the Views 3.0 module today at Berkeley Drupal Users Group (BDUG) today. The presenter noted that if a page that is part of a tabbed-pages view differs from the default of the view, the differing options are displayed in the Views UI as italics. I haven't seen the view source of the page, so it may well be empasis tags.

But the larger issue, is marking content with italics or emphasis to distinguish that it has a certain quality, e.g., not a default value, considered sufficient for accessibility, without some other indication that would be read out, e.g., an asterisk?

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Drupal compliance overview of ATAG 2.0

Table to do a quickscan on which points Drupal is compliant to ATAG 2.0 (draft version 21 July 2011) and which points needs work.

  • This is a scan on Drupal 7 core modules, but implementation of ATAG is focused on Drupal 8
  • The new initiatives in Drupal 8 (configuration management, web services, design, multilingual and html5), have an impact on Drupal 8 ATAG compliance
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dcmistry's picture

Usability and Accessibility, do they make sense together?: UPA Boston Meeting

UPA (Usability Professionals' Association) Boston is having a meeting on July 20, 2011 for a night of accessibility at the MIT Stata Center in Cambridge.



The topic to be discussed:
Usability and Accessibility, do they make sense together?

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Charles Belov's picture

Improving accessibility oversight for a website

Often a single organization will have multiple staff creating content. The staff member who is most concious of accessibility requirements will often discover content that other staff members have added that are not as accessible as they might be, if only because certain checks cannot be automated. It would be good if Drupal modules provided productivity tools for these individuals who have oversight whether by responsibility or default.

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Jeff Burnz's picture

Skype meeting to discuss the accessibility gate

2011-07-18 09:00 - 10:00 America/Vancouver
Event type: 
Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting)

This meeting is to discuss the Accessibility Gate for Drupal 8. The meeting will be a conference call in Skype. If you would like to attend the meeting please add me as a contact in Skype and I will add you to the meeting group: jmburnz

There have been several differing approaches proposed for the gate and the meeting is to discuss these and look for a broad consensus.

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Jeff Burnz's picture Prototype for Review

Over the past few months we've been working away behind the scenes on the Drupal Design site prototype. There are quite a number of technical considerations when building a new sub-site so these needed to be ironed out before we could really show this off.

I've posted a number of screen grabs to Notable and we can use these to collect comments and feedback on the various screens throughout the site - you can leave general comments here but if you're wanting to leave comments about the actual screens please post those to Notable.

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KeithH's picture

Using Drush properly as a totally blind Drupal user.

Hi folks, I'm the creater of a new podcast wich was recently developed, that primarily runs on Drupal, off of a Linode server here in the U.S since that's where I am, and for those of you thtat wish to check it out it's at
Hope you all like it!
However, I'm a totally blind Drupal systems administrator, and that being said, chose Druapl7 alone, over Druapl6, as I do not care about the lack of modules.
From what I understand, Drupal 6 will begin to level off and stop being supported at some point once Drupal8 becomes reality.
So, hear is what I wanted to know.

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Defining the Drupal 8 accessibility gate

NOTE: D8 Core gates are now posted.

Hi there, accessibility team! :)

Back at DrupalCon Chicago, Dries outlined a strategy for Drupal 8 involving a series of "gates" that would help ensure core code quality in a number of different categories: Documentation, Performance, Accessibility, Usability, and Testing. The purpose of gates is to define essentially a set of "checkboxes" which outline the most important aspects to each category, and does so in a way that is both not overwhelming to core developers (list of hoops to jump through is kept as small as possible) and also creates very little additional burden on the team in question (contains sample links to documentation/resources so developers/reviewers can help themselves).

Since we have already traditionally had requirements around documentation, it made sense to start there. Jennifer Hodgdon and some other folks from the documentation team have put together the Documentation gate, which is available at What we need is a similar table for each of the other gate areas. And that's where you come in! :D

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Clive Lansink's picture

Links for adjusting font sizes


In addition to links to skip to the main content of web pages, people nowadays seem often to want links for adjusting contrast and font size. Is this easy using Drupal and can someone please head me in the right direction regarding this?

Thank you.

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bowersox's picture

aria-label property

Should Drupal be using the aria-label property on any form fields?

So far our FAPI accessibility efforts have focused on making sure there is always a Label attribute. We make sure the Label is connected to the form element by ID. And we allow module developers to choose the location of their label (before, after, hidden off-screen, etc.)

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KeithH's picture

How to adjust font sizes in Drupal 7.x

Hi folks.
I was wondering something.
Last night, when I had someone visit my website wich you all may review at:
I was told seriously that the font is not optimal for people with low vision.
As I have committed myself to insureing my site is optimized for low vision users as well as screen reader users, hear is what I need to know.
It should be noted that I'm using Druapl Core without modification, I.e. No eextra themes, etc.
What I'm using is the default Draupl core layout as designed after an installation witht he bartic theme.

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rteijeiro's picture problem with screenreaders


I have received this email from a coworker mailing list. I think it must be considered in order to avoid similar problems.



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KeithH's picture

Accessible Web-design with Screen-readers and Druapl7.x

Hello folks.
First of all, I do not know if you folks can even help me out, so I thought I'd ask here.
I don't have money to higher a full-time web designer, but I need as much assistance as I can get in designing accessible websites with Drupal7.x.
Everything from incorperating same page links, to tips that range from visually compeling stuff as well.
I'm also concerned with Drupal7 as far as how well W3C designs regardless of the HTMl standard in use passes the validation processes.
Any help would be much appreciated!

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List of Drupal websites with certified accessibility (WCAG)

This wikipage aims to provide a list of Drupal websites with a certified accessiblity statement.

European Union

Accreditation body list: EuraCert

Address Organisation level certificate background
None Drupal


Accreditation body list: National Informatics Centre

Address Organisation level certificate background
None Drupal

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Jeff Burnz's picture

Design Challenges

The Design Initiative has three main goals - build a new core theme, build a new collaboration site for designers, and community outreach. The new core theme initiative is well under way and we're tantalizingly close to becoming a reality. What we need to do now is step up a gear and start thinking about outreach.

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Hanno's picture

Accessibility and maps

Hi, I posted an issue in the OpenLayers queue to improve the accessibility of maps in Drupal. OpenLayers is widely used by governmental organisations and so it is useful to have a look at the acessibility.

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heatherwoz's picture

Web Developer and Adaptive Technology Consultant | UCLA

Employment type: 
Full time
Not allowed

UCLA Office of Information Technology
Web Developer / Adaptive Technology Consultant
Full-time Programmer Analyst II
Salary: $3731 - $6655 monthly

Work as part of the Web Team and the Disabilities and Computing Program of the Office of Information Technology (OIT), focusing on the convergence of web design, web accessibility and adaptive technologies.

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Jeff Burnz's picture

Design for Mobile - bikeshed!

We need to start thinking and talking about what approaches we're going to take in Drupal 8 with regards to design for mobile.

My own opinion is that we should probably be looking really closely at responsive design and how we might apply or adapt the patterns emerging in that field. The idea of "one web" and a unified design and user experience independent of device appeals to me. I don't want an impoverished mobile experience, so please don't assume what I want to see or do just because I'm on a tablet or handset.

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Frank Ralf's picture

"Universal Design for Web Accessibility - Solutions for barrier-free user experiences" (book in progress)

Just learned about this new book in progress by Sarah Horton & Whitney Quesenbery:

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Hanno's picture

Language of Parts

Any experience how Drupal is able to meet this requirement for text parts in another language then the node language:
"3.1.2 Language of Parts: The human language of each passage or phrase in the content can be programmatically determined except for proper names, technical terms, words of indeterminate language, and words or phrases that have become part of the vernacular of the immediately surrounding text. (Level AA)"

The recommended solution is to use the lang-attribute.

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