[Irl-dean] Question

Paul Walsh, Segala paul at segala.com
Tue Feb 28 21:23:55 GMT 2006

Hi Brendan,
Drupal is a free open source CMS. This is used by Firefox and Tim
Berners-Lee for his personal blog [1]. So, good references. We work with the
company that maintains www.spreadfirefox.com so they might be able to assist
you with setting it up.
Some of our team use Dreamweaver but also hand code, so they might be able
to point you in the right direction. Our team don't design or build websites
for agencies or their end clients, but we need to be able to assist them in
doing so. Sorcha is a hand coder, uses Dreamweaver and is involved in one of
the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 task forces. Sorcha?
In answer to your first question, Macromedia are heavily involved in the W3C
so they are making progress towards a more accessible product set. Also, the
W3C have guidelines specifically for content authoring tool vendors just
like they do for content authors (I hate that term). [2] The Web
Accessibility Initiative is much more than just the Web Content
Accessibility Guidelines. 
[1] http://drupal.org/
[1] http://www.w3.org/WAI/groups.html
Hope this helps :)


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From: irl-dean-admin at list.eeng.dcu.ie
[mailto:irl-dean-admin at list.eeng.dcu.ie] On Behalf Of brendan spillane
Sent: 28 February 2006 17:55
To: Irl-dean at list.eeng.dcu.ie
Subject: [Irl-dean] Question

Hi all


As I am a new member to Irl-DeAN I am still coming to understand its roll
but I would like to pose this question 


Does Irl-DeAN ever lobby, or suggest (at a conference or by letter) any
changes to Macromedia products, in my case Dreamweaver and Contribute


If it was easier to create accessible websites and maintain their
accessibility level it would make my job easier. It would also make it much
easier for others to learn how to create accessible websites. 


At the moment Dreamweaver's default is to implement code which has been
deprecated by the W3C. This can be seen in the case of its instance to use
tables, block quotes etc in many cases you have to go into the preferences
to turn on the accessibility features. 


By using their content management software Contribute it is impossible to
maintain the accessibility level of a site when using this program. 


Ps if anyone can inform me of another content management system which will
properly code acronyms etc to conform with W3C standards it would be very
much appreciated. 





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