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NCDAE Webcast - Accessibility and the Open Source Content Management Movement


The following archive is from a webcast held August 30, 2006.

Education communities are giving open source content management systems, and course management systems, much attention. As the cost of proprietary systems soar, some eye open source solutions. However, the same requirements must be in place for accessibility in these systems, as with any other tool. Is it really possible to have hundreds of developers adding new functions into a system in a way that leads to accessibility? NCDAE is please to offer a Webcast on this important topic in the hopes that it will shed light on accessibility efforts in this open source movement.

The panel discussed the strengths and limitations of accessibility in the open source movement and look to the future of these tools with accessibility in mind. Those interested in selecting content management systems or those involved in development within the open source movement will find this webcast interesting. The format allows questions to the panel.

NCDAE has started a fact sheet detailing accessibility in Content Management Systems. We hope to expand this resource based on comments we receive. If you would like to propose updates to this resource, or if you would like to share your experiences with a specific CMS, please refer to this resource.


The archives for the audio broadcast from Wed, October 26, 2004, entitled Research and Development of Accessible Technologies are available below.

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Download Media Players: Windows Media Player with link to download page. Quicktime 5 with link to Quicktime download page.


Resources from Alexander Limi

The following links and comments are from a message Alexander Limi sent to us after the webcast:

As I explained in the interview, the challenge is generally not a technical one - it's a cultural one, and the more help we can get from people that are willing to test, the better we can make Plone. We have already made accessibility a priority in the project, and would like to get more input from the people using it day to day to make it even better.

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