[ubuntu-web] Accessibility

Alan Bell alan.bell at theopenlearningcentre.com
Mon Nov 29 08:42:07 GMT 2010

I am coming to a better understanding of the issues with the various web 
properties now.

The design guidelines for the web seem to be the authoritative document 
http://design.canonical.com/brand/D.%20Ubuntu%20Web%20Guidelines.pdf , 
and not the brand guidelines 
http://design.canonical.com/the-toolkit/ubuntu-brand-guidelines/ and the 
web guidelines make no mention of accessibility whatsoever and have a 
lot of the main issues baked in like the teeny 12px font size and 
grey-on-grey text and even the low contrast and orange on grey of pages 
like http://www.ubuntu.com/server/features/reduce-costs plus the 960.gs 
stuff that means the websites get 500px margins on my monitor and they 
overflow smaller screens if you scale up the font size. What I didn't 
know up to this weekend was that website design is nothing to do with 
the website team which is why I have been filing bugs, fixing them, 
offering merges and then hitting the "patches not welcome" problems.

I would like to revist the discussion around bug 671122

Launchpad bug 671122 in ubuntu-website "install an accessible wiki theme 
(affects: 1) (heat: 10)" [Undecided,Confirmed]

The proposal here was to install the SimpleMente theme as an optional 
theme that users could choose in their preferences, this has a fluid 
width, access keys and generally a structure that is designed to be good 
for screen readers

If we can get a theme installed with accessible features I can then make 
it follow the Ubuntu brand guidelines (but not the web guidelines) or if 
we can get agreement that if I do the branding work on it then it will 
get installed then that would be OK.

I don't think there is any way to fix the current theme whilst staying 
within the scope of the web guidelines.


Alan Bell
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