An Accessible CMS for Government Websites

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Geoff Spick avatar

Webcredible has noticed that governmental types aren't all that bright when it comes to technology (Barack Obama and Al Gore excepted) and has developed a highly accessible content management system for those in power at all levels.

An Accessible CMS for Government

Whenever you visit a badly designed website, online portal or store, the frustration can rapidly put you off. So, when you visit the Webcredible website and the first article you notice is "7 tips for designing for older users", you get a clue that Webcredible knows what it is doing when it comes to accessibility.

Now, imagine if you came across a crappy, essential local or national government portal, how offended would you be? Webcredible, a U.K.-based design and user-experience house with well-known brands under its belt including eBay, Sony and Airmiles, knows.

Its latest product, Accessible CMS, is aimed at the massive government market, compliant to Level AAA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. The web-based CMS can be used to create new sites, or automatically help migrate existing sites.


Accessibility and ease of design are key features

So Long Tables

Sites can be created in CSS, XHTML, AJAX and Java, without the use of tables which violate accessibility guidelines. Users and editors are forced to create accessible style-compatible pages and content, which are then automatically optimized for search engines.

The editor is browser-based and WYSIWYG, with the emphasis on creating pages that need the minimum of clicks (through AJAX code).

Learning Opportunities

An Accessible Government Website is Essential

The results will be intuitive, useful and practical to those who access the many types of government information sites. These are often older users, with limited browsing experience, possibly with visual and other impairment. With many governments committed to open information and accountability, a well-designed, easy to use site is essential.

The recent British scandal over politician's expenses and the party leaders' promises to publish online all expenses information will be an interesting acid test, as the resulting site will be hugely popular with voters and failure to make it accessible will result in loud and immediate condemnation. Perhaps, Webcredible need to be involved.

Accessible CMS ranges from £650 (US$ 1,035) to £4250 (US$ 6769), depending on requirements.



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