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Offline dyfrig

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« on: 03.07.2020 11:12:57 »
I am recreating a website for a Town Council in order to conform to government requirements for accessibility (WCAG 2.1 AA).
The current website which I created a couple of years ago is using jDownloads for downloads of various pdf documents including Agendas and Minutes.
I've used Accessibility Testing Software on the jDownloads pages and a large number of Errors and Alerts have been reported.  I will now need to decide on the best way forward.

a)   Stay with jDownloads putting an exception clause in our Accessibility Statement saying that we are working with yourselves as developer to resolve these issues but I do need to resolve the issues within a few months.
b)   Replace jDownloads with core Joomla facilities or another 3rd Party download extension

I would prefer to stay with jDownloads so I would like to know whether you have any plans to improve accessibility aspects of your extension.

Please find below some of the issues I found

3 X Linked image missing alternative text
   <img src="https://<root>/components/com_jdownloads/assets/lightbox/loading.gif" id="loadingImage" style="position: absolute; z-index: 150;">
   <img id="lightboxImage">
   <img src="https://<root>/components/com_jdownloads/assets/lightbox/close.gif" id="closeButton" style="position: absolute; z-index: 200;">

1 X Missing form label   (This is from the drowpdown cat list in header)

4 X Redundant alternative text
   This is in the icons such as Overview, Search etc
7 X Suspicious alternative text
 These are the category icons (folder.png). Alt text is folder.png

11 X Redundant link
i.e. Identical Link on both image and text.  This occurs both in header icons (Overview etc) and Category and File icons)

1 X JavaScript jump menu    (This is from the drowpdown cat list in header)

1 X Layout table
i.e. table with no <th> elements in files layout

I could remove the cat list in header.  Do you have any other suggestions to eliminate the issues above.

Manual checking may reveal other issues.

Offline ColinM

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Re: Accessibility
« Reply #1 on: 03.07.2020 13:07:07 »
Yes we will fix these issues.  It is a good time for doing that as we are busy getting the new jD3.9 version out - it is just about at the Release Candidate stage.

Will also send you a Personal Message (PM) with more info
EDITThought we had already sorted the images issue as it now does add alt text as name of file.  You might need to revisit those ones to correct.
Also the use of table based layouts is deprecated so please consider switching to the newer div based onesColin
« Last Edit: 03.07.2020 13:23:12 by ColinM »