Accessibility is Huge
You may not realize it, but having an accessible website, and an accessible content Management interface, is a big deal. Huge, in fact. You will see organizations both large and small investing to accommodate website visitors that rely on assistive devices to browse the web.
Because, it’s the right thing. Consider the following:
Take your eyeglasses off (they’re assistive technology) and see how easy it is to use a website or interface. Try surfing the web with your eyes closed while someone reads the pages to you. Or, enlarge your fonts to 3× their normal size, crank down the contrast and brightness on your monitor, and only use your thumb on your non-dominant hand. For many brilliant, capable and unique individuals, there is no other way to interact with the web.
MODX has always been a stellar platform for powering accessible websites, but the back-end Manager falls short. People who use assistive technology such as screen readers, enlarged fonts and alternate input devices were never really considered—that must change.
Prepare for Litigation
Accessibility lawsuits will be the next “Patent Troll” litigation sources. For Education and Government organizations it's already critical today. For large businesses, it's time to prepare and to form a startegy—“offers of settlement” are landing in the mail today.
It’s only a matter of time, and it won't just be for large organizations…
What to Do
It's time to learn about accessibility. It really is as important, timely and relevant as gender and race equality. If you need help learning about this critical topic, one of the leading resources on the Internet today the company that helped urge MODX to become an accessible platform with The Ohio State University, and also a sponsor of the MODX Accessibility Campaign: Deque Systems. (Tell them MODX sent you!)