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Re: Accessible Content Management Systems


From: Schafer, Carmen
Date: Sep 25, 2014 7:43AM

I know someone who maintains a WP blog and uses a screen reader, and has not run into any barriers. So I wanted to know if the WP CMS was also accessible to persons with disabilities who are creating web content and it sounds like it is, "will work just fine with screen readers and AT devices of all sorts for both the front-end (public side) and the back end (tech side)".

Thank you both for the information and resources.

Have a great day.

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From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of John E Brandt
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 1:42 PM
To: 'WebAIM Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Accessible Content Management Systems

Ditto to everything Jennifer shared.

For those who are interested...most of the major CMS (Drupal, Joomla,
WordPress) are very accessible "out of the box," meaning if you use the basic installation and the default theme/template, they will work just fine with screen readers and AT devices of all sorts for both the front-end (public side) and the back end (tech side). The first problem with all of these CMSs is the templates/themes and the plugin/add-ons/widgets that people install. There are few "certified" templates/themes...you have to search of them and/or you may need to use a "framework" and develop it to meet your style needs. There is currently no process for vetting plugins - let the installer beware!

Second, the most accessible CMSs (out of the box) is only as accessible as the content being created for it. The first person who adds content can make the site inaccessible because they lack training and an understanding of accessible content creation. Make sure you put lots of training in your budget if you are planning to convert to a new CMS or from a static site to a CMS.

[Opinion] If I were choosing a CMS, I would recommend WordPress at this point in time because they have the largest development community. And, there is a very active, very committed and very knowledgeable core of volunteer developers who are passionate about accessibility and WordPress.
See Jennifer's references FMI...[/opinion]

There are pockets of accessibility folks in the Drupal and Joomla development communities, but since WP is now the "number one" CMS on the planet, there are lots of developers and users flocking to WP and away from these other CMSs.


John E. Brandt
jebswebs: accessible and universal web design, development and consultation <EMAIL REMOVED>
Augusta, Maine, USA


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[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Jennifer Sutton
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:21 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List; WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Accessible Content Management Systems


There's a lot going on in this space. Here are links that should get you started.

Make WordPress Accessibility

WordPress > Theme Accessibility Guide for Reviewers < Make WordPress Accessible http://make.wordpress.org/accessibility/theme-accessibility-guide-for-review

Joe Dolson Accessible Web Design -- posts tagged with WordPress http://www.joedolson.com/articles/category/wordpress/

Joe Dolson Accessibility Ready - Theming for a Larger Audience WordPress.tv

How to improve your WordPress theme's accessibility http://getflywheel.com/accessibility-in-wordpress/

Introducing Accessible Zen An Accessible WordPress Theme David A. Kennedy's Blog http://davidakennedy.com/2013/accessible-zen-an-accessible-wordpress-theme/
[and other posts on his blog.]

Posts tagged with WordPress Coolfields Consulting http://www.coolfields.co.uk/category/wordpress/

WordPress Accessibility Resources > Practical Ecommerce http://www.practicalecommerce.com/articles/61516-WordPress-Accessibility-Res

And for those of you who want to contribute to the effort by developing
WordPress Trac -- accessibility component http://core.trac.wordpress.org/query?status=accepted&;status=assigned&status=

At 08:04 AM 9/24/2014, Schafer, Carmen wrote:
>Does anyone know about the accessibility of using WordPress as a CMS?
>With appreciation,
>Carmen Schafer
>Univ of MO | Division of IT | ACT Center http://actcenter.missouri.edu
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>[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Lucy Greco
>Sent: Friday, September 19, 2014 4:00 PM
>To: WebAIM Discussion List
>Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Accessible Content Management Systems
>we use drupele and find it vary good. they are also making great strides
>on access over all. the admen interface is a little complex but
>learning it gets pass that and is well worth the learning curb
>Lucia Greco
>Web Accessibility Evangelist
>IST - Architecture, Platforms, and Integration University of
>California, Berkeley
>(510) 289-6008 skype: lucia1-greco
>Follow me on twitter @accessaces
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