On 18 January, I spoke about the advantages for FOSS projects to add accessibility to their software. From a business point of view, it opens new markets, such as: government, universities, and non-profits.
I am continually amazed at businesses that just won’t respond to me. Businesses may commit many sins, may have many faults, but the one thing that is sure to send me looking at other options is if they don’t speak to me. So, ok, this is not a post about accessibility, but I needed to get it off my chest!
So, this post is not about accessibility, but something that I must discuss. GPL zealots are making their presence felt in ways that just boggle the mind. Recently both WordPress and Drupal have been removing themes from their repository for allegedly not respecting the GPL license. Not that long ago there was a huge discussion on the Joomla! forums about GPL and what 3PD could, or could not, do.
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.