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Accessible Content Server

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Hi, this is Kevin from CSU Monterey Bay, and I'm going to talk about a new project we've been working on called "Accessible Content" server. It's a Drupal-based, open-source accessibility compliance tool. What it basically consists of is PHP and MySQL on the back-end. These are very popular, free, open-source platforms that I believe almost every institution is familiar with. On top of that, we have Drupal, which is a more information is available at It's an open-source content management system and application framework. It powers a lot of large and small sites around the world. Along with QUAIL, the accessibility information library for PHP. You can read more at QUAIL is a project that started this whole thing. It's a library that I support and it basically lets developers build applications that can check for accessibility guidelines. On top of that, we wrote last year the Accessible Content module for Drupal. More information is at the URL That was an attempt to make it so that Drupal content could be checked for accessibility on the fly, making it unnecessary for organizations to check for accessibility using another tool. The nice thing about this is, if you're using Drupal, is that Accessible Content can check content while you're posting it - you don't have to crawl your site periodically. If you are using Drupal, I'd suggest checking that out. There's a lot of screencasts available on the project page. So with those pieces of QUAIL, Accessible Content, Drupal... it became clear that it would be very easy to write a server solution that would crawl other websites, other web applications, to ensure that they met Accessibility guidelines. So we wrote the accessible content server module, which is actually a module plus an install profile that will be coming soon which basically make it so that even if you don't know Drupal, if you have PHP/MySQL environment, you could download the install profile, click a button, and it would setup a Drupal site specifically for checking content for accessibility. The nice thing about doing it this way is if you have for example odd authentication methods, like you're using CAS or Shibboleth, or LDAP, Drupal has modules for those which are very easy to install. And it's well documented, so if you have specific needs, for your own institution, for authentication or complex access control rules, you can start with the base install profile and build on top of it using existing modules for Drupal. So I'm going to give you a quick introduction to sort-of the beta version of Accessible Content server. This is a module that will hopefully get into contrib soon. So I'm logged in as an administrative user who has access to do most things. You have very fine-grained control over permissions in this. This is the front page, in Drupal we call it a "view," which is a listing of content. So we can categorize content, we can say, for example, I only want to see academic departments. And you can apply access control on this, so you can say "These are people who are allowed to only see reports on

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Duration: 15 minutes and 15 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Posted by: kevee on Jun 22, 2010

Short introduction to the accessible content server module

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