RE: Drupal and Microsoft CMS Options?

I must say though that government sites also use Mojo Portal, and his
mission, it seems, is to make sure that his CMS complies with the 508
accessibility standard, and he even has me on the development team to ensure
that he is doing so, and to tell him right away if there is something that
is not accessible in the least.  The admin's name is Joe Audette.  And by
the way, that product can use many a database including MySQL, SQL Server,
SQLite, Firebird SQL, and SQLCE.  Also, it can run on a Linux environment
with Apache and Mod_ASP.net.  Drupal can also run on IIS if you don't want
to deal with Linux environments.  

-----Original Message-----
From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of RicksPlace
Sent: Saturday, December 11, 2010 5:46 AM
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Drupal and Microsoft CMS Options?

Hi Katherine: Well, don't give up on MS just yet. I have just started
looking at how to develop Sharepoint solutions in Visual Studio and it
sounds pretty clean and powerful as an integrated approach. I know I tried
building a Local Website using Web Parts in VB.net 2008 and found the
experience not screen reader friendly. Or, at least, not as friendly as
using standard UI Controls in a regular old Website. When Windoweyes 8 comes
out I might take a look at Vb.net 2010 to see what, if any, Sharepoint tools
are included in the package and how accessible they are. In the meantime I
have seen that various U.S. Government agencies and even the White House are
supposedly using Drupal according to one Drupal Website Webpage. That means
that it must be accessible and quite configurable since I would never have
guessed those websites were CMS sites. They just look and perform like
regular websites unlike many of the Drupal and other CMS sites I have
visited recently. So, it seems Drupal can be used effectively if one knows
what they are doing. My only reason for not jumping on it is that I like to
develop on my local machine and to do that with Drupal I would have to
either install something like xampp or whatever to get a simulated Linux
Environment, set up a Duel Boot software disc somehow or implement the
Microsoft IIS based Web Platform which is a huge mess to fix if anything
goes wrong with any of it's many,, many modules installed. In fact, one
problem would likely be port conflicts between my current Sql Server and the
MySql server which would be automatically installed. Anyway, I don't like
headaches so am just holding off on playing with Drupal even though it
sounds pretty nice I am of the KISS school of thought - Keep It Simple Sir! 
(Note: you can substitute any word starting with "S" for the word "Sir" in
the above phrase - grin. Oh Ya, I am not so sure that the thousand or so
apps created by third party folks are designed to be accessible to screen
readers so that is always a concern as well when working with an Open Source
Project with no Accessibility standards for third party software plugs or
apps.
Well, that's all I have this morning from chilly Farmington Michigan and I
am off to do a little more reading on Visual Studio 2010 and Sharepoint 2010
with any related offerings like Office or other modules and compare the
development and maintenance process to that of Drupal. Right now I am not
sure which way to fall - headaches with Linux on a Windows machine or
working in Visual Studio and withthe built-in Sharepoint and other tools and
the learning curve of WPF and Silverlight if necessary. I really will tend
twoard the one that is the most stable over the next 5 years or so, has the
easiest procedures for working with sites and offers the greatest
flexibility. Oh ya, also add in a weighted factor based on the learning
curve. I would like to work in the Linux environment mainly because so many
of the old timers on this list work in it but I have had my doubts about how
productive I might be in that environment compared to a comprehensive
integrated IDE.
I must wait  for  Windoweyes 8 to see how accessible vb.net 2010 or other VS
products will be with it since they use the new UIA Accessibility hooks.
Later Katherine and don't give up on MS Stuff just pick the right tool for
the job - that is what the qualified professionals do:
Rick USA
----- Original Message -----
From: "Katherine Moss" <plymouthroamer285@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, December 11, 2010 1:27 AM
Subject: RE: Drupal and Microsoft CMS Options?


> Oh gosh, Jamal, thanks!  These anti-Microsoft folks are killing me!  
> And whoever called Mojo Portal "Mojo thing that no one has heard of" 
> better think again.  I'm a volunteer on the project, and I don't 
> appreciate people's work being insulted.  And besides, that CMS works 
> on Linux despite it's coding.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jamal 
> Mazrui
> Sent: Friday, December 10, 2010 12:27 PM
> To: ProgrammingBlind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: RE: Drupal and Microsoft CMS Options?
>
> Hi Rick,
> Here is the web site of an ASP.NET-based CMS:
>
> DotNetNuke - The Leading Open Source Web Content Management Platform 
> for ASP.NET -
>
> http://www.dotnetnuke.com/
>
> Jamal
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of RicksPlace
> Sent: Friday, December 10, 2010 9:43 AM
> To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: Drupal and Microsoft CMS Options?
>
> Hi Gang: Jim, I don't know just yet. My preference would be to just 
> learn whatever Jamal is doing but I am now thinking of putting up some 
> sites for some blind folks so their sites are kept up to date and work 
> well with screen readers so I am not sure about the scope of my 
> involvement. It might be Drupal based or, more likely if really 
> accessible, something in the Microsoft venu since I am familiar with 
> their DB stuff and coding websites using various ASP Controls and 
> Server Side coding technicals.
> For development I might use one of the packages Jacques or Katherine 
> mentioned but I can start reading up on them to get some color on what 
> this stuff is all about.
> Hay, Jacques, are you French? If so, are you from across the pond?
> Later and thanks for the ideas to explore.
> Rick Farmington Michigan USA
>
>  ----- Original Message -----
>  From: Katherine Moss <mailto:plymouthroamer285@xxxxxxxxx>
>  To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>  Sent: Friday, December 10, 2010 9:19 AM
>  Subject: RE: Drupal and Microsoft CMS Options?
>
>
>  Look at both Umbraco and Mojo Portal.
>
>
>
>  From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of RicksPlace
>  Sent: Friday, December 10, 2010 8:01 AM
>  To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>  Subject: Drupal and Microsoft CMS Options?
>
>
>
>  Hi: I know very little about CMS. As a result of Jamal using it, I 
> have looked at some of the Drupal docs by googling but am having 
> trouble wrapping my head around exactly how it all works since I am an 
> old Microsoft user. I am trying to figure out a similar option in the 
> Microsoft World. So far I think that Sharepoint and Open Office, both 
> 2010 versionws with accessibility, sound like they are the Microsoft 
> counterpart to Drupal. does this sound about right? Since they support 
> ARIA and the other new Web Standards, or at least some articles say 
> they do, has anyone tried them out? If there is another Microsoft 
> thingy where it looks or works sort of a CMS with DB storage and 
> perhaps Media support could you mention it so I can do a little more
digging?
>
>  It looks like allot of blind folks are trying to use various CMS 
> Websites and most of them are pretty bad. They also sound almost as 
> complex to create and maintain as a standard Website developed in 
> something like VWD. Anyway, thanks for any input you provide on CMS, 
> Drupal or any Microsoft counterpart products that I can research a 
> little more.
>
>  Again, the Microsoft 2010 versions of the Open Office and Sharepoint 
> are suppose to be accessible where the older versions were not very 
> accessible if that helps.
>
>  Rick USA
>
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