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4 years 5 months ago #105 by Laurie
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G'day there!

When the man from Butterfly visited the CJUG meeting, he mentioned Disability Access Standards or some such.

I've been asked to ensure a website is compliant with such standards.

I'd be pleased to get a point in the right direction, maybe the correct term so I can do a Google search or a URL.

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Laurie.

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4 years 5 months ago - 4 years 5 months ago #107 by sozzled
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Interesting comment you make, Laurie.

I may have mentioned at the CJUG meeting your referred to that there is a nice chap in Florida who is completely blind who uses Joomla to operate a website for his ham radio interests. In his case he uses screen reader software to read the contents of web pages to assist him to navigate over the elements and let him know what parts he can click, etc. Although he is mostly able to use the frontend of his website to navigate his way around the screen, the Joomla backend is a nightmare for him and he gets his wife to assist him. (His wife, by the way, knows very little about Joomla; he basically has the information in his mind and tells her what he thinks she needs to do, for example, to upgrade, install and configure Joomla extensions.)

Accessibility - this is the usual term to mean disability access "standards", for there is probably no such thing - can mean different things to different people. It can mean ensuring that web elements have the appropriate tags (e.g. <... alt="xxxxxxxxx" ...>) that are rendered audibly by screen reader software or that appear as tooltips in the event that a person chooses to not download images if they're still using dialup connections (are there still people who do this any more?)

Accessibility can also mean captioning videos for the hearing impaired, or allowing voice interaction (or some other mechanism) for those who have lost the physical mobility of their hands or limbs. I guess one could also extend this to include allowing people who have lost their vocal and physical mobility (such as the unfortunate victims of ALS-MND ) but who still retain the ability to communicate with others using their eyes (a classic example of whom is Stephen Hawking).

People have all kinds of disabilities: colour blindness is one. I remember my time at the Australian Parliament developing web-based material. As you know, the colour of the Senate furnishings is red and the House of Representatives is green. I had a gadget on a page that showed information for the Senate ("appropriately" coloured red) next to information for the HoR (in green-coloured text). I proudly presented the idea to my boss. He was colour-blind; couldn't tell the difference. So you might also need to keep that in mind, too! ;)

The Australian Government has its Web Content Accessibility Guidelines that apply to all federal and state government websites. Perhaps this is what was meant when you were asked to ensure that a website of yours was compliant with certain "standards" or minimum/mandatory requirements.

Half the problem in meeting accessibility "standards" is to ensure that the content meets those requirements. I am not talking about the buttons that control the menu or other webpage controls; I am talking here about what you put into the articles that appear on the page.

When you insert a video, image or hyperlink, it's necessary to ensure that the underlying HTML element is appropriately tagged - as I mentioned before, the "ALT" tag - so that the content is appropriately rendered in a way that can be "read" by someone who may have a disability.

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4 years 5 months ago #108 by Laurie
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Thanks Michael! Great info!

This will come up again later this month or in August, following the preliminary notice I've been given.

It's a not for profit organization that has contracts with the Australian government and some government requirements are applicable on the site, so your experience is invaluable to me.

Our plans look like changing so we'll likely be away a bit longer than expected. I expect to miss the August JUG meeting so I'll be real pleased with assistance via the CJUG website.

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Laurie.

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