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From "Lei Wang" <>
Subject Re: Fixing usability/accessibility issues in Admin Console
Date Fri, 04 Jul 2008 08:37:35 GMT
I create a patch "GERONIMO-4025-DB.patch", which modifies 3 files under the

This will bring some style changes on the tables in the DB Info and DB
Manager portlet.

If this patch is reasonable, I will provide more about the rest pages of the
admin console.


2008/7/3 Jack <>:

> Hi all!
> A newbie here - Cai Jun Jie. You can also call me Jack!
> My teammates and I have been looking at accessibility of Geronimo's Admin
> Console. Most people would think that accessibility only matters for the
> disabled. Yet some people argue - which I also mostly agree - that if we
> make software easily accessible, then it benefits all the users!
> There are already some JIRAs openned against Admin Console's accessiblity,
> e.g., GERONIMO-4081 <>,
> GERONIMO-4080 <>. After
> a quick analysis, the top 3 problems we see include -
> 1. No error messages shown when invalid form data are submitted. This is a
> usability issue for all users.
> 2. No label element defined for form elements. This prevents some screen
> reader software from reading HTML forms in a meaningful way. Screen reader
> software is a key assisting tools for low-vision people.
> 3. No ALT attributes defined for images. Similar to Problem 2.
> We will be submitting patches to fix Problem 2 & 3. Since there are so many
> occurrences, we will divide the patches based on page groups. We will leave
> the problems that exist in DOJO though, hoping that more recent DOJO
> releases will have most of their problems resolved.
> As to Problem 1, I believe we should define a unified way to present error
> messages. For example, for invalid form data, stay on the same page and
> present the error message near each form element that has the invalid input;
> and for other error (like system error), stay on the same page and present
> the error message at the top of the main content. Or, simply present all
> kinds of error message at the top of the main content...
> Would be very interested in knowing the community's opinions...
> Regards,
> Jack Cai

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