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Joomla 4 RC 2 and Joomla 3.10 Alpha 7 are here

Written by Wednesday, 16 June 2021 870

The Joomla! Project is pleased to announce the availability of Joomla! CMS 4.0 Release Candidate 2 and Joomla 3.10 Alpha 7.

Joomla users and extension developers are asked to download and install the packages in order to provide quality assurance for the forthcoming 4.0 and 3.10 releases.

Joomla! 4 is the latest major release of Joomla! CMS. Please note that going from 3.9 to 4.0 is a migration. You would need to upgrade your J3.9 to J3.10, which will be available the day J4.0 is stable. J3.10 has a compatibility checker to help guide you through the migration to J4.0. Please do not upgrade any of your production sites to the release candidate version!

What is this release for?

Joomla 4.0 RC2 is aimed at extension and template developers. To encourage them to work with this release in order to prepare extensions for the stable release of Joomla! CMS 4.0. Users are encouraged to test the package for issues and to report issues in the Joomla! CMS Issue Tracker. Test sites based on this release candidate can be taken through to stable but never use this version on a production site. There will be an upgrade path between release candidates and the final release candidate to the stable of Joomla 4.0 should you wish to try a new site build.

Spotlight on Joomla4Accessibility

Whatever size your site is, accessibility is a must, and from the start Joomla 4 delivers best in class accessibility. The layout, contrast and infrastructure all have accessibility built in so all your visitors will benefit.
Now you can change how you use Joomla as an administrator in your profile.
Using the accessibility tab you can:

  • Change the backend colour to monochrome.
  • Set the contrast from normal to high.
  • Highlight links.
  • Increase the font size.

All on a per user basis, helping those who create websites do so with ease .
And with accessibility as well as usability in mind in Joomla 4, just after opening any page of your backend, if you press the Tab key, a "Skip to" area will popup, and you will be able to easily browse all the main areas of that page.

And with the Additional Accessibility Features plugin enabled you can extend the experience to the front end of your site when logged in. This gives you unprecedented levels of control to:

  • Increase and decrease the text size and spacing.
  • Invert colours.
  • Remove grey hues.
  • Underline links.
  • Change the cursor size.
  • Add a reading guide.
  • Enable text to speech.
  • Enable speech to text.

And when adding images there is the image description (alt text) but also the ability to show its not required allowing for meaningful accessibility markup.
Is that all? No, but most of the work is not designed for the sighted user, the biggest improvements are hidden from sight.
With Joomla4 We have aimed for W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 (with AA compliance)

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Last modified on Wednesday, 16 June 2021 07:01