Drupal: web accessibility to the core

For the International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD) today on December 3rd, I want to take some time to reflect on the Drupal community’s work to support universal access to information technology. Drupal is an inclusive community, both in how we interact with each other and in the results of our work.

We understand the need to create software that is accessible, both for consumption and production of content. Our accessibility statement opens by saying:

As an inclusive community, we are committed to making sure that Drupal is an accessible tool for building websites that can also be accessed by people with disabilities.

Donna Benjamin and Jesse Beach wrote a great overview of the accessibility improvements efforts in Drupal 8. It will meet higher standards of access than our previous releases. As developers and site builders, we continue to incorporate new techniques and access technologies into Drupal. Accessibility to the core.

As a community, we're proud and thankful for the efforts of all those who have contributed time and energy writing, reviewing and testing patches aimed at improving the accessibility of Drupal. There is much work still to do. If you are able, please join the accessibility effort to make sure our next version is our best yet. Thank you!

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Mike Gifford (not verified):

Thanks Dries! It's been great to have your support over the years.

I wanted to acknowledge Jesse Beach's post in GDO outlining some of the people who are making Drupal accessibility a reality.

I do really think that in the CMS world, Drupal stands out for it's committment to accessibility. By fixing problems at the source, the community has done a lot to make the Internet more accessible.

December 3, 2013

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