Improve your website's accessibility with Drupal 8

December 14, 2015 - 11:44

The launch of Drupal 8, Drupal’s latest and most versatile avatar, has generated a new kind of buzz amongst web development communities. Since Drupal 8 offers numerous, exciting ways of editing and publishing content to the World Wide Web, life is definitely going to be easy for users and developers.

Drupal 8 will chart new paths in the following areas:

  • Building APIs
  • Familiarizing with multilingual requirements
  • Customization of Data Structures
  • Data display on mobile phones

To understand more, let us explore the various Drupal 8 Accessibility features:

Addition to Semantics: Assistive technology is bound to benefit greatly from the provision of semantic HTML5 elements in Drupal 8. Inclusion of live regions, properties, roles and WAI-ARIA landmarks will further leverage this benefit as a welcome addition.

Audio Alerts: With Drupal.announce() playing an integral role in the D8 core, it is now possible for users to send well-timed alerts to aural users. Instructions can now be passed on to screen readers in JavaScript to be read as polite or assertive messages. Drupal 8 will also implement the transition of translated strings along with altering the priority of messages.

Inline form errors will be available: Inline form errors has made Drupal forms more accessible, as it is a fairly easy task to identify the errors one has committed while filling up a web form.

Tab order control: The introduction of the Tabbing manager in Drupal 8 will provide easy navigation and movement across complicated user interfaces. It is a welcome addition for accessing the prominent features on a page in a proper logical order and is bound to support non-mouse and non-visual users alike.

Field-sets upgraded: In order to further enhance Drupal forms, the use of field-sets in Form API is being initiated in Drupal 8. It is also applicable in the advanced search option.

Use of Alt Text: Alternative text is now a default function in the latest Drupal 8 version and can be easily rewritten using ImageFields and CKEditor.

With the presence of Drupal 8 and the above mentioned accessibility features, we, at Zyxware, are confident that the buzz and excitement it has generated is more than justified. Get in touch with our team to know more about our Drupal development services and assure yourself of a seamless and hassle-free migration to Drupal 8.

References

Make Your Website Easily Accessible with Drupal 8

Drupal 8 Has Enhanced Accessibility Features and Why That Matters

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