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OER Dev principles of universal design and accessibility

The OER dev community adheres to principles of universal design and accessibility and has a strong focus on making all content generally accessible, including for those with print disabilities, for example, blindness or low vision, severe dyslexia or mobility impairment.

Web accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to, websites by people with disabilities. When sites are correctly designed, developed and edited, all users have equal access to information and functionality.

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 cover a wide range of recommendations for making web content more accessible. The OER Dev community places high priority on following these guidelines to ensure that content is accessible for all users. By following these guidelines one will also often make the web content more usable in general.

H5P is a central component for our community’s content development across platforms. More than 25 H5P content types are compliant with WCAG 2.1 AA requirements.

User testing for accessibility

Successful digital initiatives are rooted in an understanding of user characteristics, needs and challenges. User-centered design, also referred to as design thinking or human-centered design, starts with getting to know the people you are designing for through conversation, observation, and co-creation. User testing with end-users is therefore a priority for the OER Dev community.

As part of ensuring that the platforms are accessible for all, such testing should also included users that have vision impairments and other disabilities.

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