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Good afternoon,

 

The first phase of this website redesign focused on the goal of helping members find and discover more. With so many resources on the EDUCAUSE site, members said it was sometimes hard to find what they need—this is where we focused our phase one efforts.

Phase one improvements include:

•                    Simplified information architecture to help you discover all that EDUCAUSE has to offer

•                    Faceted search to help you find exactly what you’re looking for

•                    Fresh design to provide you with a user-friendly experience

 

Phase two, which will begin this summer, will include:

•                    Further technology upgrades

•                    Performance tuning

•                    New community engagement features

 

Site performance is currently slower than anticipated if you are logged in, and we are actively working to improve this. In the meantime, you can log out to experience faster page loading.

 

After visiting the site, please share your feedback with us so we can continue to enhance your experience.

 

We hope you enjoy the new site.

 

Matthew

 

______________________________________________________

Matthew Milliron, Ed.D.

Chief Information Officer

EDUCAUSE

282 Century Place, Suite 5000, Louisville, CO 80027

ph:303-939-0305               

mmilliron@educause.edu

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Hi All,

If you haven't noticed by now, EDUCAUSE has unveiled its new website.  So... what do you think?

Please keep your comments constructive. To focus our discussion, I recommend that we consider two pages in particular:

The home page
http://www.educause.edu/

This accessibility hub:
http://www.educause.edu/library/accessibility-persons-disabilities

I'll start with the positive:

1. I love the larger font size and high contrast on headings and navigation menu items. As a person with aging vision, I find this design to be much more comfortable to use than its predecessor.

2. Heading structure isn't bad. It's not perfect (e.g., too many headings, a few empty headings), but generally I think the overall structure and order is logical. 

As for problems, the biggies from my perspective are the dynamic features such as drop-down menus and slideshow features. There's no ARIA at all on the new site, and with these rich features it's a great example of a site that needs ARIA. I think the features I've mentioned are Drupal modules, which raises some interesting questions:

 a) Is there an accessible Drupal module that provides the same or similar functionality to those selected? (same question for other CMS's too)

 b) If the module chosen isn't accessible, is it better to scrap it and do without that feature, or work with the open source community to improve the accessibility of that module? Those of us who are using open source CMS's, are any you taking the latter approach?

Cheers,
Terrill  

--
Terrill Thompson
Technology Accessibility Specialist
DO-IT, Accessible Technology
UW Information Technology
University of Washington
tft@uw.edu
206-221-4168
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Did not do a deep, deep dive, but it looks great and navigates beautifully, did not review for accessibility and look forward to hearing from folks who have experience from that perspective.  Tracy


I think the biggest disappointment with the new Educause website is the lack of use of ARIA landmarks.

 

ARIA Landmark Information

http://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria/roles#landmark_roles

 

It is an easy accessibility feature to include and would have demonstrated some forward thinking on accessibility.

Landmark navigation is supported by screen readers.

 

Jon

 

 

We typically use automated checkers as part of our accessibility checklist, so I did a quick check and ran http://www.educause.edu through three checkers with these results:

 

WAVE, 37 errors

AChecker, 58 errors

HiSoftware, Cynthia Says Portal, ~30 Failures under 1194.22 (a)

 

It looks like there are images without ALT text and input elements without LABEL attributes. 

 

Janet

 

 

 

Janet Sylvia
Web Accessibility Group, Leader
Digital Media Professional
OCTS-CAES
107 Hoke Smith Annex
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-3936
Message from lgreco@berkeley.edu

Hello:

I only looked at the access page, and the first thing I found was a button that was miss labeled. The navigation structure is also very strange.

The page starts with an h4 and everything else is at h2.  there were a few other things I saw with a quick look.

 I do think this really needs to be fixed, as this is supposed to be a how to page.  

I would not say it is inaccessible but it could use a few easy fixes

 

Lucia Greco

Web accessibility annalist

University of California Berkeley

http://webaccess.berkeley.edu

 

From: The EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:ITACCESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Tracy Mitrano
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 7:02 AM
To: ITACCESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [ITACCESS] New EDUCAUSE website

 

Did not do a deep, deep dive, but it looks great and navigates beautifully, did not review for accessibility and look forward to hearing from folks who have experience from that perspective.  Tracy

 

 

The page is attractive and much more usable to sighted users. I'd like to have our screen reader expert have a look at this.

Ditto the lack of ARIA landmarks. Easy enough to implement.

To Terry's question about module modifications: the preferred implementation would be to work with the open source community. But OS communities are more enthusiastic and more likely to accept modifications when the bug is described - typically in the ticket management application - ***and the code for the fix is suggested or uploaded***. 

It's less likely that someone else in the community is going to champion your bugfix and actually code it for you. 

I always recommend that developers at your institution become involved with the OS project, gain trust and get commit access, and eventually commit code fixes for the modules or the core code you are using. That is the route WebLion has taken with the Plone OS community. One developer became the release manager, and another is on the framework team. It's been a great experience for professional development for our staff.

The risk to just fixing the modules and keep you modifications in your silo is that you now have to maintain those fixes for future versions of the core code. That will really hurt your development staff's productivity.

Christian





Message from burke@ucla.edu

>Screenreader user here... On the Accessibility page, just "under" >the h1 page title I find some links/buttons: Previous, Pause >(toggles to Resume), Next. But I have no idea what they are controlling. That's on: http://www.educause.edu/library/accessibility-persons-disabilities (Using that unlikely combo: Jaws 13 with IE7, for the moment...) Patrick -- Patrick J. Burke Coordinator UCLA Disabilities & Computing Program Phone: 310 206-6004 E-mail: burke@ucla.edu Location: 4909 Math Science Department Contact: dcp@oit.ucla.edu ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
One other comment. 

I was redirected to the mobile site when I pointed my iPhone at it. I'm OK with that, but the fixed-width full-screen design already seems dated when compared with responsive designs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Responsive_Web_Design) of other sites. 

Really good responsive design usually makes a separate mobile site unnecessary. 

Christian





Message from lgreco@berkeley.edu

I saws the same thing and a little lower on the page some interesting frame title and a numbered image Lucia Greco Web accessibility annalist University of California Berkeley http://webaccess.berkeley.edu
Message from shelf@westernu.edu

Love the new look / UI / UX.

 

Great work, Matthew and team.

 

/thumb up

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Helf, DO, MSIT

Chief Technology Officer-COMP

Director, Academic Informatics

Assistant Professor

 

Department of Academic Informatics

Office of Academic Affairs

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Western University of Health Sciences

309 East 2nd Street

Pomona, CA  91766

 

909-781-4353

shelf@westernu.edu

 

www.westernu.edu

 

 

 

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