TYPO3 Accessibility Package *cancelled application* - replaced with joint one Accessibility working group

Added by Naike Beggiato over 4 years ago

During the TYPO3 User Experience Week 2015 there was a team dedicated to the revival of an official accessibility package for TYPO3. Initiated by Sacha Vorbeck who had the idea for the original Government Package in 2009, that has been available for TYPO3 CMS 4.7 but unfortunately not for the latest versions of our CMS, they provided a concept for a new package. It should be based on modern frontend frameworks like Bootstrap and still provide state of the art accessibility features to make TYPO3 the CMS of choice when it comes to accessible internet and intranet sites. The team gathered again at the Developer Days to raise awareness for that topic and now would like to continue the way of the old Government Package based on more modern concepts like Themes. Therefor we will need enabling costs for code sprints as well as an extended license of an existing frontend Theme, that we can then port to be available as MIT licensed TYPO3 extension. Since this theme should provide lots of different features we would like to get a very flexible and feature rich theme from places like Wrapbootstrap or Theme Forest, since this will be less time consuming than having to create everything from scratch. The extended license allows us to rebuild and republish that particular theme with any license we prefer. Work time will be covered by additional sponsoring, that we want to collect via crowd funding or other ways of fund raising. The goal of the code sprints then will be to convert that theme to be TYPO3 compatible and enrich it with all the necessary accessibility features. At the same time this will generate input for the next user experience week, so that the core team will get the necessary information about missing features in the TYPO3 core, so that the frontend output of TYPO3 will be fully accessible in the end.

BO: Jo Hasenau
Euro 21'800.00
EAB Responsible: Martin Wiederkehr

Replies (5)

RE: TYPO3 Accessibility Package - Added by Patrick Broens over 4 years ago

Related to "TYPO3 WCAG".

RE: TYPO3 Accessibility Package - Added by Patrick Broens over 4 years ago

See my comments at the budget application "TYPO3 WCAG", which also covers this application.

RE: TYPO3 Accessibility Package - Added by Jo Hasenau over 4 years ago

Actually we already met in person during the THEMES presentation at the Internet Festival in Pisa, since Ivano and Rino invited me to come there.
So of course we found out that we are dealing with similar if not identical topics and that each team would be a very welcome improvement to the other.
So joining forces seems to be the way to go here, we just have to discuss with the EAB how to proceed now.

To be on the safe side, I will put the very same comment into the other discussion as well.

RE: TYPO3 Accessibility Package - Added by Jo Hasenau over 4 years ago

@Patrick: While I agree that having detailed documentation is crucial for the whole accessibility topic, I still would like to have an "accessibility distribution" as a THEMES base, since this will make sure that each and every theme that will be built upon it, will have those accessibility features already built in. So they will not be just available in the core but actively used with best practice examples by lots of people, especially beginners and small town websites, that might not ave recognized the "Government Package" yet as something made for them as wekk.

Since this will be part of my talk at the TYPO3 conference, maybe we can discuss things there and then come up with a combined package of the TYPO3 WCAG application and this TYPO3 Accessibility Package application, since I guess with a combined budget and a doubled number of team members we will be able to tackle both, a package and proper documentation or maybe even some video tutorials about that topic.

RE: TYPO3 Accessibility Package - Added by Ivano Luberti about 4 years ago

I can of course confirm what Jo says about our intent of collaborating.

I just want to add that the description TYPO3 WCAG project provided in the
Budget Application cannot describe the whole project and, for example,
doesn't show that the plan, written using advise from Mathias
Schreiber and from one representative of the Italian Government that took
part in the team that wrote the Italian Law on Web Accessibility, is to

- provide tools for editors in order to produce WCAG
compliant contents and maintain that compliance during modifications.

- integrate a formal compliance tool to validate content

When I wrote the application I was not aware of Jo work on
accessibility but had already in mind to collaborate with someone
(still to be determined at the time), to create themes supporting WCAG
compliant content structure: Jo was one of the candidates since I had
seen its presentation at Certifuncation Day and I and my colleagues
were so impressed we invited him in Pisa for the TYPO3 Day during the
Internet Festival. That invitation was made way before starting to
work on our application.
Writing the application I was not aware that Jo was going to work in
the same field but, as he says, we mutually discovered it while he was
in Pisa.

I will also put the very same comment into the other discussion as well.