[Mailman-Developers] UI for Mailman 3.0 update
geoff at QuiteLikely.com
Sat Jun 5 18:52:48 CEST 2010
On Fri, 4 Jun 2010, Anna Granudd wrote:
> there are some mock-ups on the wiki (see
> http://wiki.list.org/display/DEV/Web+UI+Mockups) but it'd be great if you
> could help with ideas for a nice design and layout!
As a blind person, I'm not able to comment on these as these are images.
I can understand the desire for an overhall of the Mailman UI, but I think
it's worth saying that for the most part, the 2.x UI works well for people
using screen reader technology. The only area which provides some
challenges is the membership management screen, as it can be difficult to
associate each checkbox with the function it performs. But even this can
be managed using screen reader commands for reading tables.
I realise that Mailman 3.x will make it possible to create multiple UIs,
as the functionality will be separated from the UI. However, it is also
my experience that alternate/specialised UIs can and do go unmaintained,
and as such it is my hope that the (or at least a) standard UI shipped by
default with Mailman will provide the needed accessibility.
So this is one of the reasons why I'm on this list, to keep an eye on
developments and hopefully provide some feedback when a test server
Right now, my UI wishlist is as follows:
the main UI, but as a person who uses the Linux console with a text-mode
browser, I like the fact that I can quickly fire up my browser to deal
with a moderator request with no fuss. Given that a package like
chooses, this should surely be possible.
2. Proper use of the label tag in association with form elements. This
was (or seemed to be done) fairly well for the most part, with the
exception of those checkboxes I mentioned, but I'd hate to see this lost.
What this means in practice is that screen readers will read the
appropriate label text when focusing upon a form element.
There's probably other important stuff, but this is all that comes to mind
Other non-accessibility-related things which I think are worth considering
1. More useful archives with search capability. I'm sure this is on a
2. A friendlier front page per list. Surely having 3 forms on the front
page (or is it 4?) is a bit intimidating to some.
I've got some other feature requests based on 2.1.x functionality but I'll
post that somewhere else more appropriate.
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