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CAST Figuration Seeks to Make Bootstrap More Accessible

Last summer I published a post about learning to use Bootstrap, “a free and open-source collection of tools for creating websites and web applications, [containing] HTML- and CSS-based design templates for typography, forms, buttons, navigation and other interface components, as well as optional JavaScript extensions” (Wikipedia entry on Bootstrap). Bootstrap is an extremely useful, free framework for web developers.

This summer, I was pleased to see the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) release CAST Figuration, “[a] feature rich, responsive, mobile first, accessible, front-end framework based on Bootstrap.” This framework, created by the Accessible Educational Materials Center at CAST, makes it much, much easier to ensure that the web-based resources you create are not only compatible with mobile devices but also that they are accessible to a wide range of end-users, including people with disabilities. Given how new Figuration is, I haven’t done any evaluation of how it compares in terms of accessibility to the original Bootstrap framework, and I’d be interested in hearing more from anyone who has, in fact, done that sort of evaluation.

If you’d like to learn more about the Figuration framework, explore these links:

Have you given the Figuration framework a try? If so, what do you think? Alternatively, have you used Bootstrap? What are your thoughts on its accessibility? Please share in the comments.

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