From September 2020, a new European accessibility directive must be followed. The law is set to increase the digital accessibility for all users. Public webpages and applications from governments, municipalities and suppliers of public services are affected by the law.
According to statistics, around 10-20% of users have some form of disability. Simple changes in apps or on websites can therefore make a huge impact for many people, and by following the new law (EU) 2016/2102 more people will access and understand products, services and information.
The new law contains 78 criteria for making content on the web perceivable, operable, understandable and robust for all users, including people with disabilities. All public webpages and applications from governments, municipalities and suppliers of public services in Europe are affected by the law.
The new accessibility law means among other things that alternative text, big clicking surfaces and great contrast must be offered within the products and services. The content should be presented in a way that is simple and easy to understand and follow. The supplier must also make sure they support different tools that help people use computers.
Compliant and User-Friendly
As a leading edtech company, we strive to promote inclusive digital learning environments. Digital inclusion ensures that the benefits from digital technologies can be shared by the majority of people.
Here accessibility becomes an important part of our product development. We educate our designers and testers about best practices and we use tools for automated testing. We are actively working on becoming compliant and user-friendly, and we’ll continue to do so – both for existing and new products.
A Sustainable Approach
Offering accessible and inclusive products is also part of how we contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Here Goal 4: Quality education is promoted by eliminating discrimination within education. Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure is promoted through universal access to information and communications technology. Accessibility for diverse users also offers equal opportunities and thereby decreases discrimination, which refers to Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities.
Read more about our work with with sustainability according to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.