Drupal: Fluid UI

In doing research on tools that could be incorporated into a Drupal site, a co-worker recommended Fluid UI. This is not the same Fluid Framework used by Microsoft as the backbone of the new Microsoft Loop tool, or the Fluent UI Microsoft design language. There’s lots of use of Fluid and Fluent out there.

This one is an open source group out of Toronto focused on web accessibility, and they offer their tools in a few different formats. One is as a convenient Drupal module. I installed it on a dev site and took a look at what it offered.

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Koa11y: Accessibility Testing Tool

Koa11y is another useful website development tool I came across recently. It is a downloadable desktop app that can be used to test out a website’s . It is not the most user-friendly app – not as intuitive as the WAVE extension in your browser, for example – but a web developer should have no problem sorting out a few extra steps. Most importantly, it did return more detailed issues with the website I first tested against compared to WAVE, which can be valuable information to fix as many accessibility issues as possible.

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WordPress: Accessibility Basics

is an important part of designing a website. You want your site to be usable to as many people as possible, right? Here are some things to consider as you develop a WordPress site to make it as accessible as you can.

Testing with WAVE

The best tool for testing out a website is the WAVE evaluation tool, which is available as an extension for your browser. It will scan the code of the page and tell you any accessibility problems it finds, flagging them with different levels of seriousness. It also has a section for contrast issues when the foreground colour of text is too close to the background colour.

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