Accessibility of Plone
-- The Past, the Present, And the Future --

Masafumi "Max" NAKANE

Oct 15, 2015



What Is Accessibility?


Who Is "Everyone?"

More focus tends to be put on disabilities, but is actually broader.

"Cost of Access"

Key to the Accessibility Is:

Assistive Technologies

Machine Readability: Example 1

Machine Readability: Example 2

What Needs To Be Machine-Readable?

Besides Machine Readability

So What Specifically Content Creators Do?

Why Accessibility Matters?

Technical Aspect

Social/Legal Aspect

Why Plone?

Possible Choices for Me

Requirements As a Content Provider

Requirement As a User

Other Factors

Why I Chose Plone

Which Is the Right Choice?

Movable Type Drupal Plone
accessibility admin somewhat yes somewhat
content yes yes yes
management flexibility no somewhat yes
multilingual no yes yes
misc license - good good
easy admin yes no somewhat
my experience decent moderate sufficient

Accessibility of Plone

In Short

Up To Plone 4

From Stock A11y Info Page (1)

Accessibility Statement

We have undertaken to use our knowledge and understanding of the ways in which different people access the Internet, to develop a web site that is clear and simple for everybody to use.

From Stock A11y Info Page (2)

This site uses the Open Source Content Management System Plone and has been designed to be completely accessible and usable, working in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG v1.0).

Complying With WCAG Is Good But

From Stock A11y Info Page (3)


This site uses a setup that closely matches most international recommendations on access keys.

Who Uses It Anyway

From Stock A11y Info Page (4)


We have used XHTML 1.0 and CSS that conforms to specification, as laid out by the W3C because we believe that usability and accessibility must have a solid foundation.

Technology evolves

Accessibility of Plone Up To Version 4.x

Plone 5 And Accessibility: the Bright Side

Plone 5: Room for Improvement


Plone 5 Could Be the Right Choice, If

Let's Work Closely

Resources for Developers

Last But Not Least

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