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Attention to web accessibility (a11y) is one of the most important tasks developers have to ensure an internet that is diverse and inclusive.
This month’s A11y Talk featured Damien McKenna from Mediacurrent. First he discussed the significance of open source contributions and the importance of contributing back to Drupal, then he led us through a live demo of the patch process on Drupal.org. Read more
Hook 42 is expanding our enterprise Drupal services to the public sector. It’s only logical that our next trek is to Drupal GovCon!
We are bringing some of our colorful San Francisco Bay Area love to DC. We will be sharing our knowledge about planning and managing migrations, as well as core site building layout technologies. The most exciting part of the conference will be meeting up with our east coast Drupal community and government friends in person. Read more
Why the push for accessibility on the web?
Roughly 20% of the population has some form of disability.
There is quite a diversity of abilities. Sight and hearing are the ones people tend to give the most thought to, but there are cognitive, learning, neurological, physical, and speech abilities that can all change how a user engages with the web. As able-bodied people age, they may experience some of the same challenges as those born with disabilities: failing eyesight, diminished hearing, carpal tunnel, and loss of mobility or dexterity.
It's the law.
Under Section 508, government funded agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to access available to others. American with Disabilities Act (ADA) “prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.”
"Currently, web developers are less expensive than lawyers." ~ Mike Gifford
But, more than anything, it's the right thing to do. Accessibility promotes inclusivity and diversity on the web. Read more
"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect."
- Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web
The Bay Area is fortunate to have Mike Gifford visiting from Canada and he carries with him unique perspectives on web accessibility. Hook 42 has organized an evening with Mike for conversation, collaboration, and thought leadership surrounding Drupal Accessibility. Read more
As Hook 42's Community Evangelist, I frequently venture into the prairie of Drupal documentation. It's not quite the Wild Wild West, but having a solid text editor in my holster keeps me saddled up and ready to ride.
Since I don't venture too far off the ranch into programming, I don't really have the need for a heavy IDE (Integrated Development Environment). I just need a tool that works on my Mac, writes with no fancy characters, and has the ability to do some basic formatting. TextWrangler definitely keeps me from squatting on my spurs, and the best part - it's free! Read more
Every year DrupalCon brings the community together. This year we were fortunate enough to have eleven of our team come together in Baltimore! We had a ton of fun while Drupaling and want to share a few of our favorite moments! Read more
We're all thrilled to be heading to Baltimore soon for DrupalCon!
The Hook 42 team is on their way to the historic city of Baltimore. Its early days helped shape the narrative of America. This year it hosts DrupalCon North America and perhaps it will share a role in shaping the future of Drupal.
The team is excited to share what they are looking forward to, not only at DrupalCon, but also what the city might have in store for them during their down time. Read more