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Blackbaud NetCommunity and Accessibility Challenges


From: David Kennedy
Date: Mar 30, 2012 12:54PM

Hi all,

Longtime reader, first-time poster. This list has been a great resource for
me as I learn more about accessibility and strive to be better at it, so

My question is centered around a particular CMS. My organization uses
Blackbaud NetCommunity, which is proprietary and geared toward nonprofits.
We're working on getting fully accessible, and I'm wondering if anyone has
worked with NetCommunity before, and knows its particular strengths and

I've searched around and haven't found much. We're obviously learning a lot
and figuring things out as we go, but I thought some of you might have some
tips just for BBNC.

Some of the obstacles we face, and things we have learned:

* We can't easily control the output of menu code.
* We can't easily change output of code on certain types of CMS parts, some
of which use tables for layouts, without table headers (eek, I know).
* For the most part, the CMS does output valid XHTML Transitional code (a
good thing).


David A. Kennedy
Online Strategist, Front End Developer and Writer