OPTASY: How to Integrate Alexa with Your Drupal 8 Website: A Step-by-Step Guide

Planet Drupal - 18 May 2018 - 9:05am
How to Integrate Alexa with Your Drupal 8 Website: A Step-by-Step Guide radu.simileanu Fri, 05/18/2018 - 16:05

Just imagine: a user asks Amazon Alexa to read out loud to him/her the headline of your latest blog post! Or maybe to look for a specific section on your Drupal site! Or, even better: quit imagining this and start implementing it instead! Right on your website. And here's how you integrate Alexa with your Drupal 8 website via the Alexa integration APIs.

A 7-step tutorial:

  • on how to get Alexa to “talk to” your site users/online customers
  • on turning your site's content into the needed “raw material” for setting up your custom Alexa skills
  • on how you can leverage Drupal 8's outstanding third-party integration capabilities to “fuel” your implementation plan with

So, here's how it's done: 

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Dog Might Games is Looking for Playtesters

Tabletop Gaming News - 18 May 2018 - 9:00am
Games don’t just form, fully-created from the minds of designers. They have to go through rigorous playtesting before they can make their way to your game tables. Dog Might Games is looking for players out there who will help them make sure that their games are all that they can be. Send in your application […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Zivtech: Drupal 8 Content Moderation Tips & Tricks

Planet Drupal - 18 May 2018 - 8:19am

The Content Moderation core module was marked stable in Drupal 8.5. Think of it like the contributed module Workbench Moderation in Drupal 7, but without all the Workbench editor Views that never seemed to completely make sense. The documentation gives a good overview.

Content Moderation requires the Workflows core module, allowing you to set up custom editorial workflows. I've been doing some work with this for a new site for a large organization, and have some tips and tricks.

Less Is More

Resist increases in roles, workflows, and workflow states and make sure they are justified by a business need. Stakeholders may ask for many roles and many workflow states without knowing the increased complexity and likelihood of editorial confusion that results.

If you create an editorial workflow that is too strict and complex, editors will tend to find ways to work around the  system. A good compromise is to ask that the team tries something simple first and adds complexity down the line if needed.

Try to use the same workflow on all content types if you can. It makes a much simpler mental model for everyone.

Transitions are Key

Transitions between workflow states will be what you assign as permissions to roles. Typically, you'll want to lock down who can publish content, allowing content contributors to create new drafts only.

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Drupal blog: Working toward a JavaScript-driven Drupal administration interface

Planet Drupal - 18 May 2018 - 8:18am

This blog has been re-posted and edited with permission from Dries Buytaert's blog. Please leave your comments on the original post.

As web applications have evolved from static pages to application-like experiences, end-users' expectations of websites have become increasingly demanding. JavaScript, partnered with effective user-experience design, enable the seamless, instantaneous interactions that users now expect.

The Drupal project anticipated this trend years ago and we have been investing heavily in making Drupal API-first ever since. As a result, more organizations are building decoupled applications served by Drupal. This approach allows organizations to use modern JavaScript frameworks, while still benefiting from Drupal's powerful content management capabilities, such as content modeling, content editing, content workflows, access rights and more.

While organizations use JavaScript frameworks to create visitor-facing experiences with Drupal as a backend, Drupal's own administration interface has not yet embraced a modern JavaScript framework. There is high demand for Drupal to provide a cutting-edge experience for its own users: the site's content creators and administrators.

At DrupalCon Vienna, we decided to start working on an alternative Drupal administrative UI using React. Sally Young, one of the initiative coordinators, recently posted a fantastic update on our progress since DrupalCon Vienna.

Next steps for Drupal's API-first and JavaScript work

While we made great progress improving Drupal's web services support and improving our JavaScript support, I wanted to use this blog post to compile an overview of some of our most important next steps:

1. Stabilize the JSON API module

JSON API is a widely-used specification for building web service APIs in JSON. We are working towards adding JSON API to Drupal core as it makes it easier for JavaScript developers to access the content and configuration managed in Drupal. There is a central plan issue that lists all of the blockers for getting JSON API into core (comprehensive test coverage, specification compliance, and more). We're working hard to get all of them out of the way!

2. Improve our JavaScript testing infrastructure

Drupal's testing infrastructure is excellent for testing PHP code, but until now, it was not optimized for testing JavaScript code. As we expect the amount of JavaScript code in Drupal's administrative interface to dramatically increase in the years to come, we have been working on improving our JavaScript testing infrastructure using Headless Chrome and Nightwatch.js. Nightwatch.js has already been committed for inclusion in Drupal 8.6, however some additional work remains to create a robust JavaScript-to-Drupal bridge. Completing this work is essential to ensure we do not introduce regressions, as we proceed with the other items in our roadmap.

3. Create designs for a React-based administration UI

Having a JavaScript-based UI also allows us to rethink how we can improve Drupal's administration experience. For example, Drupal's current content modeling UI requires a lot of clicking, saving and reloading. By using React, we can reimagine our user experience to be more application-like, intuitive and faster to use. We still need a lot of help to design and test different parts of the Drupal administration UI.

4. Allow contributed modules to use React or Twig

We want to enable modules to provide either a React-powered administration UI or a traditional Twig-based administration UI. We are working on an architecture that can support both at the same time. This will allow us to introduce JavaScript-based UIs incrementally instead of enforcing a massive paradigm shift all at once. It will also provide some level of optionality for modules that want to opt-out from supporting the new administration UI.

5. Implement missing web service APIs

While we have been working for years to add web service APIs to many parts of Drupal, not all of Drupal has web services support yet. For our React-based administration UI prototype we decided to implement a new permission screen (i.e. We learned that Drupal lacked the necessary web service APIs to retrieve a list of all available permissions in the system. This led us to create a support module that provides such an API. This support module is a temporary solution that helped us make progress on our prototype; the goal is to integrate these APIs into core itself. If you want to contribute to Drupal, creating web service APIs for various Drupal subsystems might be a great way to get involved.

6. Make the React UI extensible and configurable

One of the benefits of Drupal's current administration UI is that it can be configured (e.g. you can modify the content listing because it has been built using the Views module) and extended by contributed modules (e.g. the Address module adds a UI that is optimized for editing address information). We want to make sure that in the new React UI we keep enough flexibility for site builders to customize the administrative UI.

All decoupled builds benefit

All decoupled applications will benefit from the six steps above; they're important for building a fully-decoupled administration UI, and for building visitor-facing decoupled applications.

Useful for decoupling of visitor-facing front-ends Useful for decoupling of the administration backend 1. Stabilize the JSON API module ✔ ✔ 2. Improve our JavaScript testing infrastructure ✔ ✔ 3. Create designs for a React-based administration UI ✔ 4. Allow contributed modules to use React or Twig ✔ ✔ 5. Implement missing web service APIs ✔ ✔ 6. Make the React UI extensible and configurable ✔ Conclusion

Over the past three years we've been making steady progress to move Drupal to a more API-first and JavaScript centric world. It's important work given a variety of market trends in our industry. While we have made excellent progress, there are more challenges to be solved. We hope you like our next steps, and we welcome you to get involved with them. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far!

Special thanks to Matt Grill and Lauri Eskola for co-authoring this blog post and to Wim Leers, Gabe Sullice, Angela Byron, and Preston So for their feedback during the writing process.

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Spark Now Available For Punkapocalyptic

Tabletop Gaming News - 18 May 2018 - 8:00am
It’s always nice when you can look at a Kickstarter campaign and see that it’s been fully resolved. As you know, for me, that really happens when everything is available to the public. In this case, that means the Punkapocalyptic Kickstarter is now fully resolved, as the final piece from it, Spark, is now available […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design My Approach to PatternLab?

Planet Drupal - 18 May 2018 - 7:43am
My Approach to PatternLab?

I'm sometimes asked for an overview of my general approach to PatternLab. Simple: put everything for each component in the same directory!

markconroy Fri, 05/18/2018 - 15:43

When working with PatternLab, which I use for all my Drupal themes, including the theme for this website, I don’t use the full atomic approach. I don't use the approach of atoms > molecules > organisms > etc. I’m sure many people seriously disagree with me for that ( I do think it's a very clever concept). Instead I’ve renamed things to match the language we use with our clients.

I tried talking about atoms and molecules to some clients and their eyes glazed over. Clients do not want a science lesson. They do not want to be told that we are going to take two of these atoms, and mix them with one of these atom, and eventually we'll have water. No, they want to know what their final website is going to look like. When I changed the conversation and started talking about ‘Building Blocks’ (what we call our Drupal paragraph types), site blocks (Drupal's search block, branding block), display types (Drupal's view modes such as teaser, search result), etc, they immediately understood. Then we started hearing things like, "Oh, so we can create a page by adding a number of different building blocks?" and "I see, so the search results page is made up of a group of pages using the 'Search Result' display type?". And my response, "Yes!". You see, we are using plain English to ease with understanding.

Another aspect of my approach that I really like is that _everything_ for each of my components is within the same directory. For example, if it’s a nested paragraph component such as an accordion (so we need a paragraph type called 'Accordion' and one called 'Accordion Item') each template and css and js and readme and json and yaml is all in the same folder. That means when I want to reuse one in another project, I don’t need to remember what sub-particles (atoms/molecules) are used to create the organism. It also means my CSS is scoped to that specific component and doesn’t bleed out of it, so making changes or adding new features is very easy, you just scope the new component's CSS to it, so it won't affect other previously-created components.

Now the top bar of my PatternLab that used to say Atoms | Molecules | Organisms, etc has tabs for:

  • Base
    • Colours
    • Spacing
    • Breakpoints
  • Basic Elements
    • Headings
    • Paragraphs
    • Lists
  • Site Blocks (Drupal Blocks)
    • Search Block
    • Login Block
    • Branding Block
  • Building Blocks (Paragraph Types)
    • Accordion
    • Image with Text
    • Video
  • Content
    • Display Types (View Modes)
      • Teaser
      • Card
      • Search Result
    • Lists (Views)
      • Blog
      • Search Results
    • Content Types
      • Basic Page
      • Blog
      • Event
  • Page Sections (Regions)
    • Header
    • Footer
    • Sidebar
  • Sample Pages
    • Homepage
    • Blog Listing Page
    • Blog Node

After that, I have Backstop.js set up to regression test all of these, so each time I create a new component I can quickly run the visual regression tests and check that nothing has broken. Since all my CSS/JS is scoped to each individual component, it's rare if something is.

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Million Dollars, But… The Game Coming From Cryptozoic and Rooster Teeth

Tabletop Gaming News - 18 May 2018 - 7:00am
If I had a million dollars we wouldn’t have to walk to the store. If I had a million dollars we’d take a limousine ’cause it costs more. If I had a million dollars we wouldn’t have to eat Kraft dinner. Though saying what you’d do if you had a million dollars is jumping the […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Specbee: 5 Reasons Why Media Industry is Choosing Drupal CMS Over Other Platforms in 2018

Planet Drupal - 18 May 2018 - 6:24am
The high demand for creating a seamless digital experience across numerous devices and channels has challenged the classic approach of the media industry. The changing technology landscape and the business models have forced the companies to think out-of-the-box to drive customer interaction and avoid competitive differentiation to catch up with them.
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Gnome Stew Notables – Alex Roberts

Gnome Stew - 18 May 2018 - 6:15am

Welcome to the second installment of our Gnome Spotlight: Notables series. The notables series is a look at game developers in the gaming industry doing good work. The series will focus on female game creators and game creators of color primarily, and each entry will be a short bio and interview. We’ve currently got a group of authors and guest authors interviewing game creators and hope to bring you many more entries in the series as it continues on. If you’ve got a suggestion for someone we should be doing a notables article on, or want to do an interview with someone send us a note at – Head Gnome John

Meet Alex


Alex Roberts is a writer, designer, journalist, and roleplayer of boundless enthusiasm. She wants roleplaying to be a site of interior exploration, transformation, and healing. When not hosting her acclaimed interview show 

  • Talking With Alex 1) Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work.  Big question! All right, here’s my deal. I’m bright and enthusiastic, and I have a podcast called Backstory where I interview fascinating folks in roleplaying. It’s thoughtful and gentle and even people who don’t like podcasts like it. I write fun stuff for other people’s games, like Sig, Dialect, Threadbare, and Misspent Youth: Sell Out With Me. I do production support and project management and marketing stuff for game publishers; right now with Bully Pulpit Games. And, of course, I make my own dang games! My first was HUGPUNX LIVE, for Pelgrane’s #Feminism supplement. I’m semi-secretly working on a little card-based thing right now. And of course there’s Star Crossed, the two-player RPG of forbidden love, which will be on Kickstarter April 10th – May 10th! That game has been in progress for years and I am losing my mind over how great it’s going to be.
      You’ve probably heard me on podcasts or at cons talking about two player games, or romance and sexuality in game design. These are some of my favourite topics!

    Backstory Podcast

    2) What project are you most proud of?

    It’s hard to pick just one! I do feel a certain special love for my first RPG writing credit, in Sig: the City Between. I had no idea what I was doing; Crystalia just kind of emerged from me. Sig is planar fantasy, and I was moved to write about a beautiful, perfect world of vibrations and lights in glorious pastels. Beings grow in caves and emerge fully formed, and where things are easily broken and impossible to repair. Without my intention, it came to represent this overwhelming fear of making mistakes, of imperfections, of asking for help or accepting nurturing. I still get into that headspace sometimes but I’m at least better at recognizing it, since writing it out as something external to me. I’ll think to myself: whoops, I’m in Crystalia again. Better turn around.

    3) What themes do you like to emphasize in your game work? Queerness, obviously, but also the excruciating joy of being alive. 4) What mechanics do you like best in games?

    I like when a game system perfectly matches the real, felt, lived experience of something in the world. Sometimes a game mechanic makes apparent something you only sensed before, but couldn’t express. You point to it and go, “yes! That’s how it is!” Not an external realism, but an internal resonance.

    5) How would you describe your game design style?

    Intuitive. I am making games to feel my way through what the heck is going on. With me, with the world. Star Crossed is not just about Attraction and Relationships, it’s me making meaning of my experiences of attraction and relationships, and trying to make them into a system that I can comprehend (if not master.) Even “comprehend” is a bit too intellectual, actually. Maybe a word like “integrate” is a bit closer. Really, by making a game I’m going, okay, this is how attraction works, it’s sorta like this, a thing I can see the whole of, and live with. Star Crossed is my little diorama of attraction, with moving parts.

    6) How does gender/queerness fit into your games?

    I like when my work is very obviously feminine even though I find femininity hard to define. I guess, again, I must prefer to make stuff to understand rather than express. More likely I’m doing both. If pressed I would say that all my games, even when I was working digitally, put harmony, creativity, and grace at the forefront. And of course my games are going to be queer because that’s where I’m coming from. I could never make a game where relationships have a pre-determined path forward which is generally agreed upon by not only the people in it but also their broader community and culture. I’ll keep letting you get into messy, baffling, ecstatically exciting but fraught relationships instead.

    7) How do you make sexy games fun?

    Star Crossed

    Sex is already absolutely ludicrous. And I think sex is one of most adults’ few opportunities to be playful. So, let’s just acknowledge that and make a game where you can tell ridiculous, sexy stories. It’s so much easier than people seem to think. I get the fear around making anything about sex (even in this answer I’m resisting the urge to say something like “Star Crossed doesn’t just tell sexy stories!” which is true but irrelevant) because we’re taught that whole area of life is inherently dangerous. Reflecting the reality of sexuality – that it is honestly just the most ridiculous and interesting thing – is better than trying to deliberately frame it any particular way.

    8) How did you get into games? Like everyone else, I played all the time as a kid. I was just lucky enough to keep doing it. After absorbing the cultural concept of “Dungeons and Dragons” I ran what were essentially ongoing fantasy storytelling sessions, with no rules except total DM fiat, in various treehouses and backyards and slumber parties, until I was a teen and I made friends with some boys who had the actual books and knew the actual rules. It took me a couple of years of trying to get into that to get bored and decide I didn’t like RPGs after all! Then I met a friend who showed me The Burning Wheel. And then organized a game of Fiasco. And then gave me his copy of Kagematsu and asked me to GM it. The rest is history. Thanks, Patrick! 9) What one thing would you change in gaming?

    I would like to have a sophisticated culture of critique. “There’s no wrong way to have fun!” is an attempt at kindness, of course. I get that it’s a fallback to avoid a recurring set of self-fuelling arguments. Unfortunately, there are lots of ways to have fun that hurt other people. I’ve seen play used to bully, and game systems that reinforce and re-create much broader systems of harm. Being able to precisely and compassionately critique different games might help us build more fun, innovative, groundbreaking work while also helping us avoid some of those problems.

    10) What are you working on now?

    I have a little game about a queen’s retinue that I’m specifically cultivating for first-time roleplayers, and it turns out long-time roleplayers have been enjoying it too. It’s been fun so far! It’s been a lifeline of creativity while pushing Star Crossed past the finish line. Those are two different kinds of satisfying that fuel each other.

    Thanks for joining us for this entry in the notables series.  You can find more in the series here:
    and please feel free to drop us any suggestions for people we should interview at
  • Categories: Game Theory & Design

    Paragraphs Horizontal Rule

    New Drupal Modules - 18 May 2018 - 6:08am

    A simple paragraph type that allows the user to insert a horizontal rule <hr> into the page.

    By default there are two possible horizontal rule 'types' (CSS classes) that can be applied to the paragraph.

    • Thin (hr--thin)
    • Thick (hr--thick)

    These values can be altered via the hook_paragraphs_hr_allowed_values_alter function.


    Categories: Drupal

    Wyrd Seeing Freelance Writer

    Tabletop Gaming News - 18 May 2018 - 6:00am
    I am not good at writing stories. Well, I mean, I can write news stories semi-ok, and articles about games, but when it comes to an actual story, I’m not so hot. But if you are, and you’d like to write for Wyrd, they’re seeking a new Freelance Writer to join their team. From the […]
    Categories: Game Theory & Design

    3 books all Producers should read - by Richard Wood Blogs - 18 May 2018 - 5:59am
    You can't learn Production from a book, but, I do believe you can take inspiration and ideas from these three and I would recommend them to all Producers, no matter your level.
    Categories: Game Theory & Design

    11 BOSS BATTLES OF X-MORPH: DEFENSE - PART 1, THE SCORPION - by Piotr Bomak Blogs - 18 May 2018 - 5:59am
    This article is the beginning of the series in which we will describe the design and implementation of boss fights in X-Morph: Defense.
    Categories: Game Theory & Design

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    New Drupal Modules - 18 May 2018 - 5:33am
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    Zoocha Blog: User login in Drupal 8 with AWS Rekognition

    Planet Drupal - 18 May 2018 - 4:43am
    User login in Drupal 8... Drupal Web Development titi 18 May 2018 Idea We've recently attended the AWS London summit and this year it seemed like the focus was AI and machine learning. One of the services I've been meaning to play with is Rekognition, whichh can do face detection and compare two faces among many other things. While sitting in one…
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    OpenSense Labs: Drupal ensuring the Web Accessibility Standards

    Planet Drupal - 18 May 2018 - 2:48am
    Drupal ensuring the Web Accessibility Standards Akshita Fri, 05/18/2018 - 15:18

    Just like land, air, and water are meant for everyone, the web was designed to work for all people and expel any hindrance, irrespective of the surroundings and capabilities of people. But the effect of incapacity (of individuals) in the light of the fact that the web standards don’t include all in itself has become a barrier. Creating quite the paradox in the situation. 

    Before completing this blog, my ignorance led me to believe that web accessibility was limited to ‘accessibility only for people with disability’. Another thing that I was coxed to believe was that it is almost synonymous with visibility issues. But it is as much for a person with auditory disabilities as it is for a person with cognitive or neurological disabilities. However, I realized I was not the only one associating such wrong notions with disabilities and web accessibility. Lack of awareness and taboos associated with disabilities often mislead us.

    Ensuring that people with disability have equal and inclusive access to the resources on the web, governments and agencies follow certain guidelines in order to establish equal accessibility for all without any bias. 

    What are Web Accessibility Standards and why do they matter? “Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is developed through the World Wide Web Consortium process with a goal of providing a single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments internationally.”

    The WCAG explains how the web content be made more accessible to people. Here the word "content" refers to any and every kind of information in a web page, such as text (include heading and captions too), images, sounds, codes, markup - anything that defines the layout and framework.  

    Take examples of physical infrastructures like ramps and digital vision signboards, which can be used by anyone, in a similar fashion web accessibility is for everyone.

    When you go out in the noon, the level of contrast can be an issue as much for a person with 6/6 vision as it can be for a person with visibility issues. Or say, older people (due to aging) face problems with changing abilities, as much as people with “temporary disabilities” such as a broken arm or lost glasses. Thus, not only web accessibility standards ensure justice for people with disability but, it is inclusive for all. 

    According to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the United Nations, enjoying equal human rights is a fundamental freedom. To ensure the dignity of people with disability is not a subject of ridicule, governments across the globe signed a treaty for easy web accessibility. 

    How does Drupal help?

    A person may face an issue either when building a website or when using it. The WCAG ensures that both the times the guidelines are followed. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines are then divided into two: ATAG 2.0 and WCAG 2.0. Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG 2.0) addresses authoring tools and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) addresses Web content and is used by developers, authoring tools, and accessibility evaluation tools. 

    Drupal conforms to both the guidelines. The initiative started with Drupal 7 accessibility and the community has been committed to ensuring that accessibility for all. 

    What Drupal does...

    The community has an accessibility team which works to identify the barriers both at the code level and the awareness level to resolve them. As a person using assistive technologies to browse the web, Drupal is built to encourage and support the semantic markup (which comes out-of-box in Drupal 8 now).

    One can realize that the improvements are meant for both the visitor and administrator in the:

    • Color contrast and intensity
    • Drag and Drop functionality
    • Adding skip navigation to core themes
    • Image handling
    • Form labeling
    • Search engine form and presentation
    • Removing duplicate or null tags
    • Accessibility for Developers
    Modules For Accessibility

    Following are some of the Drupal modules which will assist you in keeping up with the accessibility standards. 

    1. Automatic Alt text
      The basic principle at work here is the idea of easy perceivability. Any and every information should be, thus, presented in such a way that is easily perceivable to the user. It is required for any non-text information like images and video to describe the content in the form of text for the screen readers to read it. 

      The Automatic Alt text module automatically generates an alternative text for images when no alt text has been provided by the user. This module works great for the websites and portals with user-generated content where the users may even not be aware of the purpose and importance of the Alternative text. 

      It describes the content of the image in one sentence but it doesn’t provide face recognition. 
    2. Block ARIA Landmark Roles
      Inspired by Block Class, Block ARAI Landmark Roles adds additional elements to the block configuration forms that allow users to assign a ARIA landmark role to a block.
    3. CKEditor Abbreviation
      The CKEditor Abbreviation module adds a button to CKEditor which helps in inserting and editing abbreviations in a given text. If an existing abbr tag is selected, the context menu also contains a link to edit the abbreviation.

      Abbr tag defines the abbreviation or an acronym in the content. Marking up abbreviations can give useful information to browsers, translation systems, and help boost search-engines.
    4. CKEditor Accessibility Checker
      The CKEditor Accessibility Checker module enables the Accessibility Checker plugin in your WYSIWYG editor. A plugin, the module lets you inspect the accessibility level of content created and immediately solve any accessibility issues that are found.
    5. High Contrast
      On April 13, 2011, Joseph Dolson published an article "Web Accessibility: 10 Common Developer Mistakes" stating the most common mistakes related to web accessibility and quoted that most of the issues have "more to do with a failure to understand what constitutes accessible content than with a failure to understand the technology"

      In most of the surveys, poor contrast level is often cited as the most commonly overlooked feature by the developers.

      High Contrast module, provides a quick solution to allow the user to switch between the active theme and a high contrast version of it helping them pull out of the problem.

    6. htmLawed
      According to the "Ten Common Accessibility Problems" an article by Roger Hudson, failure to use HTML header elements appropriately is one of the key accessibility issues. 

      The htmLawed module utilizes the htmLawed PHP library to limit and filter HTML for consistency with site administrator policy and standards and for security. Use of the htmLawed library allows for highly customizable control of HTML markup.

    7. Style Switcher
      The Style Switcher module takes the fuss out of creating themes or building sites with alternate stylesheets. Most of the accessibility issues have been confronted at the theming level. With this module, themers can provide a theme with alternate stylesheets. Site builder can add other alternate stylesheets right in the admin section to bring it under the right guidelines of accessibility. Allowing special styling of some part of the site, the module presents all those styles as a block with links. So any site user is able to choose the style of the site he/she prefers.

    8. Text Resize
      The handiest feature giving the end users just the right autonomy to resize the text as per their comfort of the eyesight. The Text Resize module provides the end-users with a block that can be used to quickly change the font size of text on your Drupal site. 

      It includes two buttons that can increase and decrease the size of the printed text on the page.

    9. Accessibility
      A module for the developer, Accessibility module gives you a list of available Accessibility tests, (most of which are) aligned with one or more guidelines like WCAG 2.0 or Section 508. 

      It immediately informs the site maintainer about the missing an “alt” attribute in an image, or if the headers are used appropriately. Further, each test can be customized to fit your site’s specific challenges, and customize messages users see for each test so that you can provide tips on fixing accessibility problems within the context of your site’s editing environment.

    Drupal 8 Features for Accessibility 

    Other than the modules that can assist you to overcome web compatibility issues, here is a list of top Drupal 8 features for easier web accessibility. 

    1. Semantics in the Core
      When an assistive device scans a web page for information, it extracts the data about the Document Object Model (DOM), or the HTML structure of the page. No further information is read by the screen reader.

      Often these assistive devices only allow a user to select to read the headings on the page or only the links. It prioritizes according to the hierarchy in which the headings and links are presented making browsing easier for users of assistive devices. 

      Drupal 8 is based on HTML5. Presenting new and better semantic components HTML5 is, in fact, one of five major initiatives outlined in Drupal 8 development. It allows theme developers to control where to use the new semantic elements and opt out entirely if they so choose. 

      When we compose semantically correct HTML, we’re telling the browser and the assistive technology what type of content it is managing with and how that information relates to other content. By doing this, assistive technology is all the more effortlessly ready to carry out its activity since it has a structure that it can work with.
    2. Aural Alerts
      Often page updates are expressed visually through color changes and animations. But listening to a site is a very different experience from seeing it, therefore, Drupal provides a method called “Drupal.announce()”. This helps make page updates obvious in a non-visual manner. This method creates an aria-live element on the page.

      This also lets the user know of any alert box appearing along with providing instructions to screen reader users about the tone as well. Text attached to the page is read by the assistive technologies. Drupal.announce accepts a string to be read by an audio UA. 
    3. Controlled Tab Order
      The accessibility issues also crop when a user uses different mediums while navigating the web. Not every user uses a mouse to navigate the website. The TabbingManager, in Drupal, is an awesome medium to direct both non-visual and non-mouse users to access the prime elements on the page in a logical order. It, thus, permits more control when exploring complex UIs.

      The tabbing manager helps in defining explicit tab order. It also allows elements besides links and form to receive keyboard focus. Without breaking the tab order it places the elements in a logical navigation flow as if it were a link on the page.
    4. Accessible Inline Form Errors
      It is important to provide the necessary feedback to users about the results of their form submission. Both the times when successful and when not.  This incorporates an in-line feedback that is typically provided after form submission.

      Notifications have to be concise and clear. The error message, in particular, should be easy to understand and provide simple instructions on how the situation can be resolved. And in case of successful submission, a message to confirm would do. 

      Drupal forms have turned out to be impressively more open to the expansion of available inline form errors. It is now easier for everyone to identify what errors they might have made when filling in a web form.

    5. Fieldsets
      Fieldset labels are utilized as systems for gathering related segments of forms. Effectively implemented label gives a visual diagram around the shape field gathering. This can, to a great degree, be valuable for individuals with cognitive disabilities as it viably breaks the form into subsections, making it easier to understand.

      Drupal presently uses fieldsets for radios & checkboxes in the Form API. This helps towards additionally upgrading forms in Drupal.


    However good the features Drupal offers, in the end, it is up to the organizations to strategize and build the websites and applications around the web accessibility.   

    We ensure that our different teams and interaction work together in order to make the Web more accessible to people with disabilities. At OpenSense Labs we design and develop the web technologies to ensure universal accessibility. Connect with us at to make the web a better place. 

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