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From Donald Woods <>
Subject Re: Fixing usability/accessibility issues in Admin Console
Date Thu, 25 Sep 2008 15:04:52 GMT
All of the patches from Ivan in G4081 have been applied to trunk.
Are there anymore patches needed or can we close G4081 and open another 
JIRA in the future if new problems are found before we release 2.2?


Jack wrote:
> 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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