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+ - Ohio State University and Deque Support Accessible Content Management->

Submitted by matria
matria writes:

Take your eyeglasses off (they’re assistive technology) and see how easy it is to use a website or interface. Try surfing the web with your eyes closed while a web page is read aloud to you. Or, enlarge your fonts to 3× their normal size, crank down the contrast and brightness on your monitor, and only use your thumb on your non-dominant hand. For many people, there is no other way to interact with the web.

Ohio State University and Deque University are supporting the development of an accessible UI for the MODX CMS. With this backing, the team behind the open source web content management system and framework has started a project to make the MODX Revolution back-end Manager fully accessible for people who use assisitive devices and technologies for accessing the web. While MODX can be used to build accessible websites, its back-end Manager UI was never designed to be accessible.

Work has started and progress can be seen at the project's github repository. MODX users are able to install the in-progress admin interface theme for testing and to provide feedback to the project developers. Personally, I've installed it and use it as it's developed at this point, and already find it much easier on my failing eyesight.

Key alterations being made include:

  • Keyboard Navigation
  • ARIA roles, states, and properties for all the major areas of the Manager UI
  • Visual Contrast to meet WCAG guidelines
  • Clean up text presentation for screen readers
  • Focus indication

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Comment: Local middle school? (Score 1) 129

by matria (#48817087) Attached to: US Government Lurked On Silk Road For Over a Year

Big deal. 30 years ago my kids in middle school could get anything you can imagine right there at school. That hasn't changed at all, in spite of suspending girls for having Midol in their backpacks. More people are using drugs (including alcohol and tobacco - it's the money, stupid!) than ever before. Considering the scandals that are uncovered from time to time about the government using drug running itself to further its own interests it's pretty obvious that this is just one of the more blatant attempts to make their bloated "war on drugs" empire look like it's doing something.

Comment: Re:Not seeing the issue here (Score 5, Insightful) 209

by matria (#48647893) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

And then the public defender you're assigned because you can't afford a decent lawyer tells you to go ahead and plead guilty to the lesser charge, even though everyone knows it's a false charge (the accusing party has a long history of making such charges and is well-known to the local police and judiciary) since it really doesn't mean anything, and you'll just get probation, but if you take it to trial they'll be mad and will throw the book at you. And two weeks after you are frightened and pressured into pleading guilty, and are sentenced to several years in prison, your lawyer is hired by the state as an assistant prosecutor.

Comment: Re:You know what's really sad? (Score 1) 129

by matria (#48424097) Attached to: Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

Reminds me of the time my Cuban refugee ex-husband wanted me to help him work with the widow of a deceased Spanish ambassador to Nigeria, who needed to move several million dollars out of a Nigerian bank account before the Nigerian government seized the money. It took a while to convince him that it was a scam.

Comment: Re:8000? (Score 1) 97

by matria (#47835799) Attached to: Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

With my own children, I used cloth diapers, and washed 3 dozen diapers twice a week. I had my children very close together, so I had two in diapers most of the time. And before I get any of these "popping out babies" cracks, it wasn't my idea. Marital rape does exist, and is not any more pleasant than any other variety.

Comment: Re:8000? (Score 2) 97

by matria (#47835749) Attached to: Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

I worked as a nanny for triplets for nine months. I'd say that I changed each one 8-10 times a day. The well-baby clinic said it was the first set of triplets they'd ever seen that never had any sign of diaper rash. The grandparents provided the diapers, with the stipulation that I use as many as I saw fit without worrying about cost.

Comment: Re:wrong and trivial solutions (Score 2) 378

When I was in the Navy, there was a key rack in the wachstander's office (barracks watch). Oncoming watchstanders called in to base security to report status, including the presence of all keys, at regular intervals. One petty officer who was a good friend of the barracks chief kept the keys to the barracks back door in her room so she could let her boyfriends in. I was always getting in trouble when I stood watch because I refused to falsify my reports. I would report the key missing, and base security would come blasting into the barracks to find the key, and I had no trouble telling them where it was. I still have the scars, after more than 40 years, from the several times I was assaulted in the barracks because of it.

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