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Re: WAI compliant CMS

From: Matthew Smith <matt@kbc.net.au>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 08:21:36 +1030
Message-ID: <4377B568.8040208@kbc.net.au>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Bruce Aylward wrote:
> Does anybody know of an opensource CMS that produces very good WAI
> compliant pages? I know about Plone but the use of Python is presenting
> a problem. Are there any available based on PHP?

I have been looking at various Open Source web logging and CMS solutions
with respect to accessibility.  Python-based systems are out as far as
I'm concerned as I have neither the time nor inclination to learn yet
another programming language.

As yet, I haven't found anything that I really like "out of the box"
but, as time allows, I am playing around with Drupal[1] and think that
this only needs minor tweaks.  Drupal is the only CMS with which I have
been at all happy.  Had I the time, or if a client had a requirement, I
would be inclined to write something myself.

>From my experience with Wordpress - and I think that this would apply to
 "normal" CMS as well - apart from a few patches that I have written[2],
the biggest hinderance to accessibility has been in the themes/templates
rather than the base code.  This is something that can be addressed
without having to pull the programme apart.

Please note - my evaluation has purely been on the public side, NOT
accessibility of the authoring tool.



1 - <http://drupal.org>
2 - <http://www.smiffysplace.com/blog/archives/74-wordpress-patches>

Matthew Smith
Kadina Business Consultancy, South Australia
Work: <http://www.kbc.net.au> Personal: <http://www.mss.cx>
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