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OpenConcept: Let's Rethink Procurement and Get Accessible ICT

Planet Drupal - 11 May 2018 - 7:13am

Everybody wants their website to be accessible. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is key for any modern organization. In the Government of Canada, it is a clear part of the Liberal Party's mandate. Setting a strong policy direction is critical, but then what?

Most departments still see accessibility as a one-liner that can be added to an ICT contract. Then the responsibility for any shortfalls lies on the vendor.

Sadly, this doesn't work. Accessibility is a journey, not a destination.

Web accessibility is complicated, the ecosystem and use cases change over time. So what can procurement do to fix this? I've collected a series of examples good accessibility procurement practices. I am hoping to add to this with some good Canadian examples.

Start Off Right

The first thing that government RFPs & contracts can do is set a good example.

So often these documents are overly complicated and are very difficult to understand. Make sure that these documents are written in plain English so they are easy to understand. In writing this blog post I've used the HemingwayApp.com to check that my ideas are easy to understand.

PDFs have well-known accessibility problems with them. You can make them quite accessible with considerable effort, but it isn't a best practice. Use PDFs only where a signature is required. Otherwise, it would be more accessible to send EPUB or OpenDocument files. Vendors should not be asked to produce more PDFs as part of the contract.

Focus on the Process

Don't obsess on the end result. As with security, there are going to be things that are missed. Of course, everyone wants a site that is as accessible as it can be, but ultimately there are other goals as well.

The earlier accessibility efforts are brought into project planning, the better the results will be. So, vendors should be asked about the process that they use to build in accessibility. You need to know that they have a team onboard who has experience addressing this complex issue. It is also important that there is a clear and open feedback channel for people who face barriers. People with disabilities need to be part of the process.

It would be good to ask for a description of how the vendor overcame a difficult accessibility challenge. Sometimes you need to make compromises that may balance design or usability requirements. Often there are multiple ways of doing things and no clear best practice.

Open

I'm big into open source software (OSS). As Drupal 8 Core Accessibility Maintainer, I'm also not sure how we can make progress without OSS.

Starting with an existing OSS application means that you are able to begin a project with one that has had some testing already. It will have a list of bugs that are known, and hopefully a longer list of bugs which have been fixed.

Many people choose Drupal as it is the most accessible platforms in the world. Unfortunately, most do not contribute to improving its accessibility. If a vendor is proposing an open source solution, ask how they are working to improve its accessibility. Contributing back is key to the success of any effective community project. Furthermore, clarify the process when the vendor finds accessibility errors. Vendors should be submitting bug reports and patching the code when errors are found.

Testing

The vendor and the client both have a responsibility to do testing as the product is developing. Both should be doing regular spot checks with tools WebAim's WAVE Toolbar. It also takes very little time to learn how to do keyboard only testing. There is no reason why even non-technical people can't use these approaches to catch basic errors.

Screen reader testing requires considerable experience to be effective. Having a developer run a site through VoiceOver or NVDA just isn't good enough. Contracts should have a component in them to ensure that a 3rd party is engaged to provide an evaluation. It should be considered no different than hiring an editor to review the work of an author. If possible, this evaluation should engage people with disabilities.

Sales vs Delivery

The focus needs to be on the process of the vendor and how that will ensure a more accessible delivery. Things like the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) are still essentially sales documents. For some more detailed approaches, see:

 

OECD Playbook

Canada is a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. I was happy to be part of a meeting called by Treasury Board to discuss reforming the OECD Playbook for ICT Procurement. It is clear that there is a deep interest in government in doing procurement differently to get more accessible results. A big part of this goes back to learning to embrace open source and to collaborate outside of government silos. It is great to see many instances of people working together to learn how to implement technology better. We need much more of this! 

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When the Macintosh was Apple's financial lifeline

Dries Buytaert - 11 May 2018 - 5:11am

© Asymco

I love this graph. It shows that for some time, Apple's primary source of revenue was the sale of the Macintosh computer. The Macintosh provided Apple with a bridge between the desktop era and the mobile era, represented by the two clusters on the graph. That bridge was a financial lifeline. Without it, Apple might not have survived.

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Awin Voucher Codes

New Drupal Modules - 11 May 2018 - 4:56am

INTRODUCTION
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Purpose of this project is to make an amazon affiliate module which is simple and less complicated.
This module automatically imports amazon products to the drupal with keyword search. Please see 'How to use'
area for more information.

INSTALLATION
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Install as usual, see
Download the module and upload to the modules folder and make it active.

How to use
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There are three steps to follow.

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Lullabot: Nightwatch in Drupal Core

Planet Drupal - 11 May 2018 - 4:38am

Drupal 8.6 sees the addition of Node.js based functional browser testing with Nightwatch.js. Nightwatch uses the W3C WebDriver API to perform commands and assertions on browser DOM elements in real-time.

Up until now, the core method for testing JavaScript and browser interactions in Drupal has been to use either Simpletest or PHPUnit. For tests that require a simulated browser, these have been running on PhantomJS, which is now minimally maintained and has been crashing frequently on Drupal CI (as of 8.5, Drupal can now use Chromedriver for these tests, however the majority of tests are still running on Phantom). This situation requires Drupal themers and front-end developers, working primarily with HTML / CSS / JavaScript, to learn the PHPUnit testing framework and specifics of its implementation within Drupal, instead of being able to write tests for page interactions and JavaScript in JavaScript itself.

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Nightwatch is a very popular functional testing framework that has now been integrated into Drupal to allow you to test your JavaScript with JavaScript! Drupal's implementation uses Chromedriver out of the box, however it can also be used with many other browsers via Selenium. The choice to use Chromedriver was because it's available as a standalone package and so doesn't require you to install Java and Selenium, as well as running the tests slightly quicker.

module.exports = { before: function(browser) { browser .installDrupal(); }, after: function(browser) { browser .uninstallDrupal(); }, 'Visit a test page and create some test page': (browser) => { browser .relativeURL('/test-page') .waitForElementVisible('body', 1000) .assert.containsText('body', 'Test page text') .relativeUrl('/node/add/page') .setValue('input[name=title]', 'A new node') .setValue('input[name="body[0][value]"]', 'The main body') .click('#edit-submit') .end(); }, };

A very powerful feature of Nightwatch is that you can optionally watch the tests run in real-time in your browser, as well as use the .pause() command to suspend the test and debug directly in the browser.

Videos require iframe browser support.

Right now it comes with one example test, which will install Drupal and check for a specific string. The provided .installDrupal command will allow you to pass in different scripts to set Drupal up in various scenarios (e.g., different install profiles). Another available command will record the browser's console log if requested so that you can catch any fun JavaScript errors. The next steps in development for core are to write and provide more helpful commands, such as logging a user in, as well as porting over the 8.x manual testing plan to Nightwatch.

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You can try Nightwatch out now by grabbing a pre-release copy of Drupal 8.6.x and following the install instructions, which will show you how to test core functionality, as well as how to use it to test your existing sites, modules, and themes by providing your own custom commands, assertions, and tests. For further information on available features, see the Nightwatch API documentation and guide to creating custom commands and assertions. For core developers and module authors, your Nightwatch tests will now be run by Drupal CI and can be viewed in the test log. For your own projects, you can easily run the tests in something such as CircleCI, which will give you access to artifacts such as screenshots and console logs.

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Amazee Labs: DrupalCamp Transylvania 2018

Planet Drupal - 11 May 2018 - 1:46am
DrupalCamp Transylvania 2018

If you were in the city of Cluj-Napoca between 4 and 6 May 2018 and walked around The Office, you probably saw over a 100 people from all over the world, wearing the same t-shirts, talking about Drupal. That's because DrupalCamp Transylvania was in town.

Vasi Chindris Fri, 05/11/2018 - 10:46

If you know a bit of Romanian history and have heard about Transylvania, you probably know about Vlad the Impaler. If not, then you've probably heard about Dracula. Either way, they're the same person. You may be asking yourself, "What has Dracula got to do with Drupal?". Well, the answer is in the picture below:

We all want Drupal to be immortal. Because we love developing awesome websites with it.  That said, we must remember one thing, it's not all about work and making money, it's also about having fun using Drupal. That was one of the key points of Robert Douglass' keynote - "My Drupal Mid-Life Crisis".

One of the most interesting sessions was Larry Garfield's - "The container is a lie!". On reading the title, you'll probably want to check that out, since you most probably use containers (not necessarily Docker containers, although Docker is probably the most used these days) in your everyday work. He spoke of how software runs on modern Linux systems, that we should not think of boats, whales or shipping or even Docker when we hear the word container, and why it is actually useful that modern software is built (runs) on these "lies". These "lies" form part of our everyday work, and more importantly, the deployment to different environments makes it so much easier.

Another very important topic, not only in the Drupal community but in technology in general, is GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). Balu Ertl had a great session entitles, Overview of GDPR modules for Drupal, in which he provided an overview of all the modules in Drupal that can help your Drupal site achieve GDPR compliance.

The conclusion was that we have quite a few modules (9) in this category, some of them available on both Drupal 7 and 8. Some of them implement a small part of the regulations (like the consent for using personal data, the possibility to delete or download all the personal data of a user, the possibility to anonymize user information when dumping a production database, etc.) and many of them implement overlapping features.

But there seems to be one module, General Data Protection Regulation, which tries to bring all these modules together under one umbrella so that we can have a unified and clear solution for making a site GDPR compliant.

Another thing that came up during the discussions about this subject, was that this is a really complicated subject for both technical and legal minds, and as such, you'll most probably not be fined immediatly if you're not 100% GDPR compliant on the 26th of May 2018. The most likely scenario is that the authorities will be there to help at first, and only fine you as a last resort. That said, this cannot be confirmed and everything should still be done to be GDPR compliant by the deadline.

Wait, there's more! While attending Lenard Palko's presentation, we saw this:

No, we did not watch an episode from Doc McStuffins. This was about Auditing PHP Applications, a session in which Lenard Palko showed us how his team is dealing with auditing PHP applications and what things should we look for when having to do such an audit. He also shared some helpful tools that you should use and how should you structure the report.

As you can see it was a great DrupalCamp. Nice location, great presenters, lots of people and a dedicated sprint room. So, did we have any time for doing other stuff than coding and talking about Drupal? Yes, we did! We had some great parties each evening and a brave few of us even went for a morning run on Saturday.

I'm already looking forward to the next DrupalCamp Transylvania in 2019. See you there!

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Household

New Drupal Modules - 11 May 2018 - 1:12am
Overview

Household helps site builders manage households members, logins and relations

Features Requirements Known problems Tutorials Pledges Credits Recommended modules Similar projects
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App Banners

New Drupal Modules - 11 May 2018 - 12:56am

This module provides the relevant metadata to display native application install banners for iOS and Android.

The app allows site managers to configure details of the apps and the pages where the banners should appear.

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Agiledrop.com Blog: AGILEDROP: Drupal SEO Tips

Planet Drupal - 10 May 2018 - 5:40pm
Drupal is a CMS that’s well-known for its security and flexibility. But do you know of another aspect that Drupal excels at? It’s Drupal’s excellent built-in SEO functionality. While Drupal itself plays pretty well with search engines, there are a host of measures you can take to ensure you stay on top of the SEO game even more. After all, the internet is a competitive market, making a site’s SEO all the more competitive. In this post, I’ll explore some of the most common SEO measures you can take to bolster your Drupal site’s SEO efforts.   The Basics All the basic SEO measures that are… READ MORE
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WebAuthn

New Drupal Modules - 10 May 2018 - 3:07pm

This module aims to support the upcoming "Web Authentication" protocol, that leverages Public Key Credentials to provide password-less login along with stronger security.

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Records

New Drupal Modules - 10 May 2018 - 1:30pm
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Trading fashion for function

Dries Buytaert - 10 May 2018 - 12:39pm

I've been using my new Apple Watch 3 for several months, and recently I've been in the market for a new band. Previously, I was using a standard synthetic rubber band. I'd come home from work, and the first thing I wanted to do was take my Apple Watch off. I didn't like the clammy feel of the band, and the fit was either too loose or too tight. This week, I decided to try the new Sport Loop.

I'm currently in Chicago visiting our Acquia office, and it's pretty warm out. The Sport Loop has proven to been a great alternative. It is made out of woven nylon, it's breathable and it has a little bit of stretch. It's not going to win fashion awards, but it is comfortable enough to wear all day and I no longer feel the urge to take off my watch in the evening.

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Healthcheck

New Drupal Modules - 10 May 2018 - 12:37pm

Coming soon...

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Acro Media: Drupal Commerce 2: How to Add and Edit Product Content

Planet Drupal - 10 May 2018 - 7:45am

The hardest part of Drupal Commerce 2 is the configuration of it all. Luckily, most store managers and administrators don't need to worry about that part. What they DO need to worry about is how to actually add new products to their stores and manage existing ones. For some ecommerce stores, keeping your product offerings fresh and up-to-date can mean the difference between success and failure. If you're using Drupal Commerce 2, managing your store content is easy!

In this Acro Media Tech Talk video, we user our Urban Hipster Commerce 2 demo site to show you the Drupal Commerce 2 product interface and how to add and edit products. The products shown will be configured differently than your own, but the same principles will apply no matter what type of product you sell.

Its important to note that this video was recorded before the official 2.0 release of Drupal Commerce useing a beta release of the Commerce Shipping module. You may see some differences between this video and the current releases. The documentation is also evolving over time.

Urban Hipster Commerce 2 Demo site

This video was created using the Urban Hipster Commerce 2 demo site. We've built this site to show the adaptability of the Drupal 8, Commerce 2 platform. Most of what you see is out-of-the-box functionality combined with expert configuration and theming.

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Import Address Field From Textfield

New Drupal Modules - 10 May 2018 - 7:03am

Import Address Field From Textfield

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Commerce Sberbank Acquiring

New Drupal Modules - 10 May 2018 - 6:48am

Integration Sberbank Acquiring with Drupal Commerce 2.

This module should be only installed via Composer. Archives on drupal.org for informative purposes.

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Specbee: Front-End Framework For Drupal Website - How To Make The Right Choice?

Planet Drupal - 10 May 2018 - 6:01am

Today's world is a close reality to something I dreamt of as a child. A world run by devices, the technology they use and their potential to change the future. New interfaces and devices have brought in sweeping changes to transform the web as we know it. With Artificial Intelligence, IOT and more have started to establish and make an impact in the digital world. This impact has changed the way how we perceive a future with seamless, feature-rich websites.

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Commerce Replicate

New Drupal Modules - 10 May 2018 - 3:45am

The Commerce Replicate module contains code to combine Drupal Commerce with the Replicate module. If required, it will also play well with the Replicate UI module by installing the Commerce Replicate UI submodule.

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Change Requests

New Drupal Modules - 10 May 2018 - 3:19am

Change Requests is a community tool that allows to work together on Drupal content (nodes) without edit-wars similar to open source code developers working on a code.

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