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Re: Accessible content management system

From: Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@ncbi.ie>
Date: Thu, 04 Aug 2011 09:47:24 +0100
Message-ID: <4E3A5C9C.3070003@ncbi.ie>
To: pae9@star.le.ac.uk
CC: flybynight <isforums@manx.net>, 'Terry Dean' <Terry.Dean@chariot.net.au>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hi all,

My 2 cents FWIW I think this is an important issue as CMSs are
increasing in use and ubiquity. However, there is no 'silver bullet'
when it comes to CMS A11y, and there is no 'one size fits all' system
that will be usable by everyone. What does exist however, are systems
that can be made to fit to various user requirements (either out of the
box - or with some degree of effort/customisation). There are many CMS's
in the wild but there are also millions of different user requirements
and expectations and finding the perfect fit is not easy.

In a11y terms there are a couple that have always stood out for me, and
they are Joomla and Drupal. Joomla is a simpler CMS in many ways, and
Drupal is more complex IMO but Drupal certainly wins in terms of back
end a11y (as I have friends who are blind who use it with ease but they
are also techies) but Joomla isn't bad either - however there is room
for improvement.

In terms of the research that I did in 2006 on accessible CMS's I always
meant to revisit it and do an update - this is something that I hope to
get around at to at some stage. I am sure there are new 'entrants' into
the Arena so it would be great to get a fresh perspective on where the
state of the art is at.

Cheers

Josh

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