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Enhancing Accessibility in Drupal's CMS

in Community, Drupal

Drupal is a leading open source content management platform and is already
very standards compliant out of the box. Given this, many accessibility
challenges are already met, however it is a complex and changing target and
with the recent release of WCAG 2.0 there are many additional challenges
that websites will need to embrace to become more accessible to people with
disabilities. Given the rising number of people with accessibility
challenges and the increasing importance of the web as a means of
interacting with society, it is not surprising that there are new legal and
financial incentives to make sites more accessible to everyone. Designing
for screen readers is becoming more important, but there are different
conventions that need to be implemented to allow non-sighted people to
easily navigate the site. The proper use of alt tags is the widest
understood issue, but there are many other techniques that are as important,
some of which can be coded into the default code of Drupal.

Openconcept has been involved in testing & pushing Drupal 7 (the development
version) to be more accessible out of the box. By doing so we hope to make
many more websites accessible by default. In working with an open source
community on this issue
we are able to engage with a wide group of users and developers to
test solutions, find best practices and promote better practices. The open
source community is well suited for the challenges of accessibility issues
because the cost of proper implementation for most other software solutions
is just too high. The talk will touch on some of the approaches we've taken
to improving accessibility in future versions of Drupal and hopefully
provide some insights into other projects as well.


Summercamp/Geocamp 2009 - Ottawa, Canada

in BSD, Community, Company, Database, Drupal, Education, Entrepreneurship, Fedora, Gadgets, Git, Legal, Programming, SC2009, YOW12, EPL, Ingres, Mapserver, GPL, Mylyn, OpenLayers, Perl, Ubuntu, Python, OpenOffice, Code repositories, Databases, Eclipse, FOSSLC, Licenses, Linux, OSGeo, Programming, Web Programming

Event Description

The Free and Open Source Software Learning Centre (FOSSLC) will be hosting a conference on May 13, 14, and 15 at Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This event will bring together industry, academia, government, and community to learn about open source. Over 40 talks during the conference will cover technical, legal, and business aspects of open source use in private industry, community, and government. This event is relevant to technical and non-technical audiences. This event is relevant to all industries as 85% of businesses already use open source today. Talks will be a mix of skill levels with emphasis on approachable material suitable for beginners making this an excellent learning opportunity.

We have chosen themes to encourage cross pollination of ideas and talent.

1) Education using open source software
2) Business and ecosystem development using open source principles
3) Developing open source software
4) Developing using open source software
5) Legal issues including DRM, Case law, intellectual property
6) Open source in Government

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this event possible.

Lead Sponsors

Geoconnections Algonquin College Ingres Corporation


DM Solutions Open Concept Consulting TheCodeFactory
Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - Friday, May 15, 2009


Algonquin College
T Building
Ottawa, ON
45° 24' 41.6592" N, 75° 41' 53.4984" W

Web programming 2

in Community, Drupal, Education, Programming, YOW9, Ruby

This event covered three web programming frameworks/languages:

PHP - Mike Gifford
Seaside - Kevin Driedger
Ruby on Rails - Cody Fauser

Event Date: 
Friday, September 26, 2008


University of Ottawa Campus
Site Building
Ottawa, ON
45° 24' 41.6592" N, 75° 41' 53.4984" W