What Are Components of Digital Accessibility?
Within accessibility, YuJa aims to ensure it’s compliant with the principles of Universal Design:
- Media content must be perceivable, meaning that it is visible to all regardless of their ability.
- Content has to be operable, with an interface that can be navigated by all. This is where features like keyboard shortcuts and audio description come in.
- Content must be intuitive and simple. If students have a learning disability or they’re less intuitive when it comes to technology, institutions should be looking for ways to make it easy for them to operate and use as they work through the courses.
- Course content also has to be robust; essentially, it has to be scalable.
The Accessibility Solution — YuJa Panorama
YuJa Panorama is unique in that it adds to the comprehensiveness of the digital accessibility offered in multiple ways:
- Generating Accessible Alternatives: The high-velocity engine of Panorama digs deep into the file data structure to understand the current state of the content’s accessibility. By integrating into an institution’s learning management system, Panorama can automatically generate accessible formats for users. For example, when an instructor uploads a piece of content into the LMS, YuJa Panorama generates various files, such as Braille for those who are visually impaired, high-contrast for color blind individuals, text-to-speech, HTML, plain text and a tagged PDF version.
- Reporting: Panorama also tracks and delivers reports and insights on how accessibility is scaling within an institution. A visual accessibility gauge is located next to the file to make it easy for instructors to measure the accessibility of their course. Reporting allows instructors and administrators to effectively judge the efficacy of their accessible technology, so they can rest assured they’re doing everything they can to assist all types of learners with accessible digital assets.
- Innovation: YuJa, Inc. is actively innovating to improve Panorama for Digital Accessibility. For example, we’re identifying issues and providing potential solutions to better serve our clients, such as recognizing decorative images, which don’t need alt text, and auto-generating alt text for other images to serve visually impaired learners. This is just one of many objectives our development team is tackling.