I have been thinking about 097 and how to market it to small enterprise and goverment and the thought of 508 and WCAG came to mind. ExtJS has issues as far as I can tell relating to not working with screen readers and some alternate browser technologies. In many places governments and soon many private companies will be required to comply with 508 and or WCAG or some legislative variant much like it is the law to be wheelchair accessible if you are a restaurant in most places.
What I propose is that we start a MODx Accessibility Project that will review and test MODx to be accessible to persons who are differently abled. The internet and computers have opened significant doors to communications for such people; allowing them more employment, more freedom and can act as a vehicle for their personal liberty.
I understand that the ExtJS project plans on being more 508
compliant but as Derek Featherstone said in an interview
, accessibility is not about standards and laws it is about makeing it possible for people to use technologies.
If we can open up MODx Manager for all people to be able to manage and contribute to content we will be well on our way to the top 3 Content Manangment Applications out there.
I am looking for direction from the whole team to frame this correctly because I feel that by removing all barriers to adoption is Marketing.
(PS Derek is a Facebook friend and I have some other Accessibility friends out there who might lend some sage advice)
All the best,