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Accessibility (6 posts)

  1. Wggty
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi All,

    I volunteer with a great non-profit integrated dance organization here in Canada where people with and without disabilities come together to create and perform.

    We're looking at a complete website overhaul in the new year and need to choose a CMS. An acquaintance of the organization is most familiar with (and suggesting) Drupal due to accessibility for people with disabilities.

    Admittedly, all of my recent web experience involves WordPress and I'm still fairly new to creating accessible websites, so the Drupal suggestion is out of my comfort zone. I've looked for some side-by-side accessibility comparisons of Drupal and WordPress but have come up short. Is one truly better than the other re: accessibility?

    Aside from better serving web visitors (people with and without disabilities, ratio of those users still TBD), goals of the new site are to re-claim the ability to make web updates ourselves (mainly text and imagery), facilitate more integrations (class registration with fee payments, database integration, events calendars, etc), and update the aesthetic appeal (while still gaining usability).

    We have a very limited budget and need to make sure we're maximizing resources.

    If anyone has any recommendations or resources to point to, I'd be forever grateful.

  2. Joe Dolson
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Are you looking to create a web site that's both accessible on the front-end and back-end? If you need the back-end to meet accessibility requirements, then right now you probably need to be looking at Drupal. WordPress is making strides in that direction, but isn't there yet.

    If you only need the front-end to be accessible, then which CMS you use isn't really a significant factor -- neither Drupal nor WordPress dictate a significant percentage of the output code.

    This is just my opinion - but if you're not comfortable with Drupal, it may not be your best choice, regardless - it has a fairly steep learning curve.

    Some WordPress Accessibility resources

    WordPress Accessibility team

    Talk on WordPress and Accessibility at WordPress.tv

    WP Accessible information site

    Hope those resources are helpful!

  3. Wggty
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks so much, Joe! We only need accessibility on the front-end.
    Appreciate the resource sharing!

  4. Andrew Nevins
    Forum moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Are you talking about the the produced content from the dashboard of things like posts and pages to have accessible content rather than things like templates that you can precode?

  5. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    For the front-end of the site, you may want to have a look at http://wordpress.org/themes/accessible-zen and http://wordpress.org/themes/accessible-onetwo

  6. Joe Dolson
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Given the comments from Andrew and Esmi, it is worth pointing out that having an accessible *theme* is crucial for either Drupal or WordPress if you want to have accessible content; since neither CMS dictates much about the output, you have to look carefully at the elements which do, which will be your plug-ins and themes.

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