Web accessibility is an issue that is being spoken about more and more, yet very few Free Open Source Software (FOSS) Content Management Systems (CMS) are truly accessible. A growing number of countries are adopting legislation and regulations requiring a variety of websites to be accessible. Further, commercial interests suggest that a website that is fully accessible and usable by all visitors would increase revenues. This paper will review the basic concepts of web accessibility and discuss the challenges of implementing accessibility into existing CMS, using Mambo CMS as a case study.
My presentation proposal to the Open Source Developers Conference 2008 was accepted. The presentation, titled “Web Accessibility and Content Management Systems”, will be one of the “Extended Talks” available at the Conference. There is a lot of room for improvement in the level of accessibility of CMS, and I am both excited and honoured at the chance to discuss these issues with fellow open source developers.