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Government Accessibility and the CMS Problem

How an open source pilot project is empowering content authors to build a more inclusive world

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Watch Mike and Susanna share about We4Authors at DrupalCon 2020
  • 6:09 — Enhancements to Drupal core, and how they help web authors make more accessible content
  • 7:05 — CTA: Help authors discover accessibility tools they didn’t know about
  • 9:31 — EU regulations on accessibility standards
  • 12:12 — Why 50% of accessibility problems are created by web authors, and what we can do about it
  • 13:14 — Reasons to build accessibility tools into the CMS
  • 13:44 — If we could go to the moon, there’s no reason why we can’t make accessible authoring tools
  • 14:59 — If the most popular CMS platforms commit to compliance, others may follow
  • 15:45 — Drupal is the #1 CMS in Europe, and the other leading CMS platforms also have open source licences
  • 17:10 — We4Authors Cluster overview, and its goals
  • 20:23 — Why it’s important to include licensed software in accessibility initiatives
  • 27:37 — How this work could influence e-learning (and LMS platforms, too)
  • 28:52 — Let experts focus on making great content instead of worrying about compliance
  • 42:05 — Tools need to be more accessible so people with disabilities can become web authors themselves



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