[Athen] Seeking Drupal Accessibility Testers
tft at uw.edu
Mon Jun 24 08:52:40 PDT 2013
If your institution is like mine, you're probably seeing more and more of
your web developers building their sites using Drupal. Therefore it
behooves us to ensure Drupal is accessible, and that it produces fully
The Drupal community has expressed a sincere commitment to accessibility,
but they need help getting there. They're currently working on development
of the next version (Drupal 8) and I offered to recruit people to help test
accessibility of Drupal Core (the default Drupal installation, before
extending its functionality with new themes or modules).
Here's the plan:
1. The Drupal Accessibility community will provide scripts with
tasks/scenarios for testers to walk through. These will all be focused on
authoring, editing, and administrative functions for creating or managing a
Drupal site, but we'll also be interested in reviewing accessibility of the
2. Between July 1 and July 12, testers will walk step through the scripts
using a variety of modalities (e.g., keyboard only, or with various
3. I'll summarize any problems we identify in a report that I'll share with
4. July 18-20, there will be an accessibility code sprint at Twin Cities
DrupalCamp, where volunteers will work on coding solutions to the problems
we identify. They'll also be conducting their own face-to-face
usability/accessibility tests at the camp.
If you're interested in helping out with this effort, please let me know.
We need people to participate as testers from July 1-12. Also if you're
planning to attend the Twin Cities DrupalCamp we'd love to have your help
Please spread the word among anyone else you think would be interested,
especially assistive technology users.
Standing by for volunteers...
Technology Accessibility Specialist
DO-IT, Accessible Technology
UW Information Technology
University of Washington
tft at uw.edu
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