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Re: Accessible content management system

From: Gregg Vanderheiden <gv@trace.wisc.edu>
Date: Sat, 06 Aug 2011 09:35:59 -0500
To: Cliff Tyllick <cliff.tyllick@yahoo.com>
Cc: John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>, "joshue.oconnor@ncbi.ie" <joshue.oconnor@ncbi.ie>, "isforums@manx.net" <isforums@manx.net>, 'Terry Dean' <Terry.Dean@chariot.net.au>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-id: <99EC931A-5AE6-4199-BC5E-52C74109251C@trace.wisc.edu>
Hi Cliff

	 Thanks for your excellent efforts.   And yes - there is no site that is accessible to all without modification.  In fact sites that meet WCAG AAA are not accessible to some.  And they are not accessible to people who are blind directly.     WCAG often is focused on creating sites that CAN be made accessible.   Where there is enough information there in electronically readable form that they can be RE PRESENTED to different people in different ways.    

	Our first goal would be to make sure the special tools could re-present in different ways -- in this case in low contrast.   Then having the site provide ways to do that directly would be great.  In fact I would love to see an advisory technique under the contrast provision that reads "Providing low contrast options for those who see and read information better that way". 

Gregg Vanderheiden Ph.D.
Director Trace R&D Center
Professor Industrial & Systems Engineering
and Biomedical Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Co-Director, Raising the Floor - International
and the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure Project
http://Raisingthefloor.org   ---   http://GPII.net

On Aug 6, 2011, at 7:19 AM, Cliff Tyllick wrote:

> Finally, I'd like to point out that fully conforming with WCAG 2.0 at Level AA actually ensures that a site or tool will be inaccessible to at least some people. Specifically, conforming with the guideline for color contrast (WCAG 2.0, Guideline 1.4.3) creates a barrier for many people who have low moderate vision. They actually need fairly low contrast to comfortably work with Web content. And so we're trying to get support for a feature in Drupal that would enable each user to set the color combinations that work best for them. That might be a ways off, but it is one example of how we are thinking beyond the guidelines in an effort to achieve real accessibility to everyone. 
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