Ares Accessibility Web Pages

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The default Ares web pages and the Ares web DLL have been updated to comply with Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 (level AA) guidelines for accessibility. These changes span the Ares web pages, their CSS style sheets, and some of the elements generated by the web DLL.

General Changes

More information on all of these changes can be found on Ares 4.6 Web Page Changes.

  • The page titles were updated to better reflect the content of the page. See the Page Title section for more information.
  • A "Skip to Main Content" link was added to the top of each page. See the Skip to Main Content section for more information.
  • Many bold elements (<b>), which define a style, have been replaced with strong elements (<strong>), which have a semantic meaning. See the Strong vs. Bold section for more information.
  • Different page sections have been annotated with the appropriate aria role. See the Aria Role section for more information.
  • Links on the pages no longer open in a new tab or window. See the New Window section for more information.
  • Heading elements were added and changed to provide a more structured document. See the Increasing Header Size, Adding Headers, and include_head sections for more information.
  • The color used to style some elements has been changed to conform with contrast requirements. See the Darker Colors section for more information.
  • Aural notifications have been added when javascript makes dynamic changes to a page's content. See the Aural Notifications section for more information.

Ares DLL Change

  • The way the web DLL generates tables has changed. Tables no longer allow row clicks, and specific links in the left-most "action" column must be clicked in order to perform any actions. See the DLL Tables section on Ares 4.6 Web Page Changes for more information.

Tag Changes

  • The OPTION tag has been updated for situations where an element does not have a selected option. In these cases, an option reading "Choose an Option" will be added. See Ares OPTION Tag for more information.
  • The new "NotEmpty" attribute can be used with the #CONDITIONAL Tag. See Ares CONDITIONAL Tag for more information.

Component Changes

  • The TinyMCE rich text editor was removed and was replaced with the CKEditor for all rich-text edits. See the Text Editor section on Ares 4.6 Web Page Changes for more information.


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