Vincenzo Gambino is a Drupal Association Certified Developer and Ping Pong Ace. He is also the principal architect of Pearson’s HN Global online learning platform. We dragged Vinny away from the ping pong table during one of his rare breaks to ask him some questions about the project.
Why was Drupal a good fit for this project?
The goal of this project was to create a simple brochure site for BrightLemon using the new version 8 of Drupal. While Drupal’s flexibility makes it a good choice for creating very complex sites, it is also a good choice for making very simple sites, like a brochure site. This is because it is very quick to build content types in Drupal, add fields to those types, and build blocks of content. Also, it provides an easy to use interface for content creators out of the box.
Complex widgets – like a carousel – create more engaging and user-friendly interfaces. They're great for users who have good vision, but not always so great for those using a screen reader. Problems arise if understanding breaks down between the widget running in the user agent and the accessibility API. This breakdown causes the assistive technology to fail too.