Drupal 8 Accessibility and Why We Care About It

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Accessibility in Drupal 8 has come a long way since Drupal 7. Drupal 8 has added extensive support for accessibility in Core. From small changes like font size and colour contrast, to large changes like WAI-ARIA in core, Drupal 8 will make it easier to build an accessible site. For anyone trying to make a barrier-free website, it’s important to understand the new features and how each can be used.

Accessibility features reviewed will include:

WAI-ARIAHTML5 and Improved SemanticsColour Contrast and Low VisionAlt Tags and DefaultsW3C's ATAGTablesErrors

Unfortunately, Drupal 8 isn’t 100% accessible. It’s a lot more accessible than anything else, but there are still a number of important issues that need to be addressed in Drupal Core to meet WCAG 2.0 AA and ATAG 2.0 guidelines. Mike will raise a number of places where there is room for improvements.

By attending this presentation you’ll get an understanding of the challenges of web accessibility, Drupal 8’s new features, and how the new capabilities benefit the web.

Mike Gifford, Drupal 8’s Core Accessibility Maintainer, will demonstrate a variety of accessibility features that Drupal 8.