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RE: Accessible CSS / JS Bootstrap framework

From: Ian Sharpe <isforums@manx.net>
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2012 23:50:13 -0000
To: "'David Woolley'" <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <4DB24393C28D44DD8274465C26EF7FC4@BLACKBOX>
Hi David

Apologies for the unspecific nature of the query but the reason I ask is
because I've just spent a while googling for an accessible equivilent to
twitter's bootstrap with no joy myself.

My understanding is that such frameworks provide layouts and widgets through
a combination of CSS and JS which simplify the development of a web-based
UI. If anyone knows the correct name for such things that might be helpful
but this isn't anything particularly new and I was hoping that somebody may
be aware of an accessible equivilent.

I've already noticed a few other similar frameworks, most based on twitter's
bootstrap gaining favor and feel this could help in terms of accessibility.
If something like bootstrap continues to gain traction and could be made
fully accessible, then it is likely, although by no means certain, that
those who use it directly or build upon it will also be accessible. Best of
all, the users don't need to know anything about accessibility. 

Obviously there is more to accessibility than simply ensuring that a site is
accessible in any conventional sense but this would seem to be an
interesting development from an accessibility point of view.

Cheers
Ian

 

-----Original Message-----
From: David Woolley [mailto:forums@david-woolley.me.uk] 
Sent: 06 November 2012 23:18
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: Accessible CSS / JS Bootstrap framework

Ian Sharpe wrote:
>  
> Does anyone know of a fully accessible CSS / JS bootstrap framework 
> similar to twitter bootstrap for example please? Or is twitter 
> bootstrap itself fully accessible?
>  
I hadn't come across the term before, so I googled it.  It doesn't appear to
be generic term, but simply part of the name of the "twitter" 
product.  If that is right, you need to provide a generic definition.

Unfortunately, the Wikipedia article didn't enlighten me as to the defining
characteristics.  In particular, I couldn't find any description of how it
constrained, or for that matter, abused, HTML.

The Wikipedia example didn't appear to accessible, but I don't know if that
is because it allows bad practice or forces it (I was looking at how it used
label).  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter_Bootstrap>

I would suspect pages don't work well CPU load) on older PCs, but it is
possible they degrade well when the scripting is disabled.
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