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From: Michael McFadden
Date: Wed, Jun 01 2005 11:33AM
Subject: Portal Frameworks
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I am trying to find a list of accessible Portal frameworks. Is anyone
familiar with online portals? We have a project that would benefit greatly
from a Portal / Content Management System (CMS) but it has to be accessible
or have the ability to be customized. Our preference is to find something
that is open source because of our limited budget however there might be an
affordable commercial product. Thank you in advance for the help.



From: Andrew Arch
Date: Wed, Jun 01 2005 5:18PM
Subject: RE: Portal Frameworks
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Michael,

Many Australian Government Departments are using the open-source "MySource
Matrix" product with reasonable success. See http://www.squiz.com.au/

I'll be interested to see what other suggestions surface.

Cheers, Andrew
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I am trying to find a list of accessible Portal frameworks. Is anyone
familiar with online portals? We have a project that would benefit greatly
from a Portal / Content Management System (CMS) but it has to be accessible
or have the ability to be customized. Our preference is to find something
that is open source because of our limited budget however there might be an
affordable commercial product. Thank you in advance for the help.





From: Robinson, Norman B - Washington, DC
Date: Thu, Jun 02 2005 11:21AM
Subject: RE: Portal Frameworks
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I've been doing research and been so impressed I've been reviewing the
508 compliance for Mambo (http://www.mamboserver.com/) Server. I'm
testing using my knowledge of the accessibility standards (section 508)
and user simulation on Windows using JAWS and on Linux using Gnopernicus
(specifically the screen reader).

It is open source, and there are plenty of consultants available for it.
There are ISPs that provide dedicate Mambo support as well. Not only
that but it is easy to use, and you can make it 508 compliant. It is
*almost* compliant upon install, but since there is so many add-ons
(modules) there are some that haven't been tested for accessibility.
That shouldn't be a negative though - the system is easy enough that if
you find an add-on you like, I'm sure you can redo (or pay someone to
redo) it to include accessibility and meet 508 compliance.

If you have technical staff, or you are technical and have a spare
computer you really should try installing Mambo. There are things about
it that are so simple it makes me wonder why I did things the hard way.
You can upload modules, turn them on, and have it running in *minutes*.
I'm not joking and I'm not advocating irresponsible system
administration. This project (Mambo Server) simply rocks, in my opinion.

Regards,

Norman Robinson

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I am trying to find a list of accessible Portal frameworks. Is anyone
familiar with online portals? We have a project that would benefit
greatly from a Portal / Content Management System (CMS) but it has to be
accessible or have the ability to be customized. Our preference is to
find something that is open source because of our limited budget however
there might be an affordable commercial product. Thank you in advance
for the help.

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From: Cynthia York
Date: Thu, Jun 02 2005 12:16PM
Subject: Portal Frameworks
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I highly recommend Plone (http://plone.org) as an accessible,
open-source content management solution. Its highly customizable and
has many attractive features. There is a large community of developers
actively maintaining it.

Cynthia
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I am trying to find a list of accessible Portal frameworks. Is anyone
familiar with online portals? We have a project that would benefit
greatly from a Portal / Content Management System (CMS) but it has to be
accessible or have the ability to be customized. Our preference is to
find something that is open source because of our limited budget however
there might be an affordable commercial product. Thank you in advance
for the help.


From: Michael Roush
Date: Fri, Jun 10 2005 1:46PM
Subject: Re: Portal Frameworks
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Michael McFadden wrote:
> I am trying to find a list of accessible Portal frameworks. Is anyone
> familiar with online portals? We have a project that would benefit greatly
> from a Portal / Content Management System (CMS) but it has to be accessible
> or have the ability to be customized. Our preference is to find something
> that is open source because of our limited budget however there might be an
> affordable commercial product. Thank you in advance for the help.

Here is one that I have used only a couple times in the past, but with a very good degree of success....

PHPWebSite - [http://phpwebsite.sourceforge.net]

>From their page... Developed by the Web Technology Group at Appalachian State University, phpWebSite provides a complete web site content management system ( CMS ). All client output is XHTML 1.0 and meets the W3Cs Web Accessibility Initiative requirements.

This is the only CMS I have ever come across that even makes such a claim.

Michael Roush, Technology Consultant
Hopewell SERRC