Designing Accessible Drupal Themes
Studies estimate that about 20% of the general population has a disability of some kind. These disabilities could be related to seeing, hearing, speaking, motor control, or learning and cognition. Sometimes they’re temporary and sometimes they’re permanent. And they can be caused by genetics, illness, injury or plain old aging. You don’t want to miss out on up to 20% of your potential site audience, do you?
This session will focus on the basics of making your Drupal site accessible, with an emphasis on theme design. If you’re designing for education, government, or NGO, then Section 508 compliance may be a must. Topics to be covered include:
- Basic principles of web accessibility
- Commonly overlooked design flaws
- Free accessibility evaluation tools
- Evaluating and improving the accessibility of contributed themes
Following universal design principles will ensure that all visitors to your site have a good user experience. You’ll also see that best practices for accessibility go hand-in-hand with best practices for SEO, so improving the accessibility of your site is a win-win situation.