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RE: Accessible content management system

From: flybynight <isforums@manx.net>
Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2011 01:12:22 +0100
To: "'Terry Dean'" <Terry.Dean@chariot.net.au>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <201108040012.HNK52212@manxnetsf02.manx.net>
Hi Terry

So far, the Drupal community clearly seems to have expressed a commitment to
ensure Drupal is accessible, both in terms of generated content and admin.
As does Plone which also looks very good.

Typo3 would seem to be quite usable apparently although I haven't spent any
time looking into this at this stage.

However, you may well want to take a look at contao: http://www.contao.org

Which looks very good from my initial view. 

I haven't validated it yet but it seemed very usable with only the keyboard
and has a nice clean and simple interface, while still having all the
features you'd expect to see in a leading CMS. It even has a load of
shortcut keys that are described in the main admin screen. You can try the
online demo from their home page.

I'd be interested to hear what you and others think?

Incidentally, have you looked at DNN recently? I'm guessing it hasn't got
any better but I do know they were keen on conformance with W3C guidelines,
although which ones I'm not exactly sure. 


-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf
Of Terry Dean
Sent: 03 August 2011 21:14
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: Accessible content management system

Hi Ian,

If you do find one that conforms to the W3C Web Accessibility guidelines
please let me know. Its one thing to claim that a CMS is compliant and
another to actually be accessible.

You only need to run a few accessibility tools over these CMSs to find that
they are generally full of problems.

I dont claim to have the answers and I do not build these systems but I can
understand how difficult they must be to make compliant. I remember trying
to modify DotNetNuke in 2000 in order to validate it to XHTML Strict 1.0 and
gave up in the end.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ian Sharpe" <isforums@manx.net>
To: "'Terry Dean'" <Terry.Dean@chariot.net.au>; <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2011 6:32 PM
Subject: RE: Accessible content management system

> Hi Terry
> While I understand where you're coming from and based on the feedback I've
> received so far, would accept your belief that at this time, such a 
> solution
> does not exist, I would challenge your statement that this is not a 
> serious
> question.
> Much of the web these days is generated through CMSs and this is only 
> going
> to increase over time. One of the founding principals of the web for me at
> least is giving everyone the opportunity to have their say and hear what
> everyone else is saying. It follows that if members of the disabled or 
> less
> technically competant communities are unable to voice their opinions and
> thoughts as easily as those without any barriers to access and author
> content (particularly when it's in relation to accessing and authoring
> content), this voice will become quieter when it should be getting louder.
> Ensuring that there is at least one accessible and feature rich CMS would
> therefore seem vital in terms of the web's accessibility to me.
> It is therefore a very serious question and while there doesn't appear to
> currently be a single solution, I hope that you are at least encouraged,
> even if only a little, by the comments others have made.
> Cheers
> ian
Received on Thursday, 4 August 2011 00:13:02 UTC

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