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Accessibility in Drupal 6 and Drupal 7: Write accessible modules and themes

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
310 Drupal Association

Presented by

Katherine Lynch (kat3_drx)
Drexel University
Design, Theme, and UsabilityDesign, Theme, and Usability
Style & substance: Learn about trends, techniques, and tools.

As technology advances, it is more important than ever to code with web accessibility in mind. Web accessibility measures help users with disabilities related to limitations of vision, hearing, learning, cognition, and motor skills to use the web effectively.

This session will feature videos of disabled users interacting with Drupal websites and the admin interface of Drupal 6 and Drupal 7. Through these videos, attendees will be provided with valuable insight into the user experience in many new cases.

In this session, attendees will learn about:

  • Fundamentals of web accessibility
  • How web accessibility measures benefit all users and can optimize a website
  • How to write accessible code for modules and themes
  • Incorporating AJAX, dynamic content, and rich media accessibly
  • Using WAI-ARIA to maximize accessibility
  • Making a Drupal site accessible from a fresh install
  • How to address common web accessibility issues and fix them without negatively impacting a site

The web can be made usable and accessible for all users. Drupal developers can help make the web a better place for everyone, by contributing modules, writing themes, setting up sites, or coaching clients. This session will help attendees learn new skills for addressing web accessibility and creating a fair, equal user experience for everyone.

Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Industry: education, entertainment, library, marketing, media, non-profit
Tags: accessibility, development, standards, usability, wcag

Kate, this is an outstanding presentation. I am particularly impressed with how effectively you have put a human face on the issue of accessibility and the strong visual cues you have used to convey the information. And I didn't even get to attend... I'm just basing this on having run through your slide deck and watched the videos.

Can we integrate those videos, or at least portions of them, into the accessibility section of the documentation of Drupal? It truly would help people "get it."

Oh, one tool to add to the themer's kit: Contrast-A, at It's a fantastic tool for developing complete palettes with accessible combinations in mind. There is also a downloadable version on Adobe's AIR site.

Thanks for making this contribution to Drupal!

Cliff Tyllick

Kate has now shared the Drupal accessibility user testing videos on YouTube:

Here's a summary of what Kate went over in her presentation:


Norman Bucknor

Very nice presentation, I also saw the video on youtube that brandon posted. Drupal is becoming better every day even for users with disabilities.

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