Mahara Accessibility and Conference

Mahara, the open source ePortfolio system, will soon be more accessible. Julius Serrano, Catalyst's resident accessibility expert, and Jono Mingard, one of our summer interns, have teamed up to make the next Mahara release much friendlier for the visually impaired.
 
Julius and Jono first completed an audit of Mahara's accessibility and are now working together to address issues that they identified. These new fixes will be included in the next release, scheduled for April 2014.
 
With these fixes, Mahara will deliver a much improved experience for the non- or partially-sighted. As is the case with any accessibility enhancements, this will also mean a better experience for other users of the platform. With this work, the team is getting closer to full compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
 
Leading up to the new release will be the first ever Mahara Hui, a two day conference and one day hackfest being held in Wellington, New Zealand, from 19 to 21 March 2014.
 
Mahara Hui will give the community in Australasia a chance to get together and exchange ideas, stories and practices. Mahara users from other parts of the world are also invited to experience Kiwi hospitality and to explore the birthplace of Mahara.
 
The Mahara Hui team welcomes presentation proposals from anyone interested in sharing their knowledge, learning and experience with Mahara, no matter whether they are a student, teacher, lecturer, learning and technology support person in an organisation, developer or other community member.
 
You can read more about the proposal process or visit the website for more information, subscribe to updates on Twitter and follow the Twitter hashtag #maharahui14.