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Re: Recommendations - Content Management System

From: Jeremy Hurst <jeremy@slightlydifferent.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 06 Nov 2003 12:15:02 +0000
Message-ID: <3FAA3B46.3000904@slightlydifferent.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

 > Could anyone recommend a good user-friendly, Content Management System
 > which produces accessible code?

Further to the previous answers, and particularly given Jon's shameless 
self promotion (!!) we have also developed a Content Management System 
that produces accessible code, but the unusual thing (apparently) is 
that the CMS itself is also accessible to AAA standards.

This was developed as part of an online project for a UK charity called 
Birmingham Focus on Blindness, where we developed an accessible site 
that can be seen at www.birminghamfocus.org.uk.  This was developed with 
the invaluable assistance of several people with disabilities from the 
Self Direction Community Project who provided the vitally important 
'third tier' of verification, the first being automated code 
verification, and the second being our professional knowledge to ensure 
that the site was accessible.  We believe that the only way to create 
true online accessibility is by using this three tier approach.

The challenge that we set ourselves was to build a CMS that would enable 
a blind staff member to update a site designed for blind people, and I 
believe that we have achieved this.  The site is currently shortlisted 
in the British Interactive Media Association awards, although we are up 
against stiff competition in the form of two major UK financial 
institutions and Manchester United FC.

Our next challenge is the development of a truly accessible e-commerce 
system - we are not satisfied that this has been developed to the best 
potential, and as a result we are turning our attention to this to see 
what we can come up with between now and February.  I'll keep you informed.

Regards

Jeremy Hurst
Business Director
Slightly Different Ltd.   http://www.slightlydifferent.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1326 372416   Fax: +44 (0)1326 372114

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