[Mailman-Developers] Wishlist Request for Mailman Web Acessibility
lcarlson at d.umn.edu
Sat Aug 6 00:23:46 CEST 2005
We would like to request that Web Accessibility be added to the Mailman
The Mailman user community includes an increasing number of
individuals. Some have disabilities and rely on adaptive technologies.
Incorporating accessibility would help increase the availability and
accessibility of your software to people of all needs.
It would be great to have Mailman at a minimum meet World Wide Web
Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Single A Guidelines and
adhere to Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
There are some simple things that can help. For instance when the end
user views templates like the information page and the user specific
options page they get form fields that are not accessible. Forms are a
problem because the extra accessibility tags are simply not known to
many developers. Forms aren't the easiest of things to use for people
with disabilities. Navigating around a page with written content is one
thing, hopping between form fields and inputting information is
another. Because of this, it is a good idea to add a number of elements
to the form. Most of culprit HTML in question is in the python code.
One of the main things that needs to be done is to associate form
labels explicitly with their controls. Markup for labels needs to have
the <label> tag and for attribute and the corresponding input needs an
Also adding alt attributes to images, using good html heading
structure, and validating  to W3C standards would aid accessibility.
If we can be of help in this effort please let us know.
Thank you for your consideration.
Laura Carlson and the ITSS University of Minnesota Duluth Web Team
Laura L. Carlson
Information Technology Systems and Services
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN 55812-3009
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