Our approach to an equitable reading experience is to integrate Accessibility into the design and development process – from the beginning. In addition, we perform daily, automated tests to validate accessibility and perform comprehensive full platform testing for each release.
RedShelf's Platform (both our website and reader) supports the use of assistive technologies that improve the functional capabilities of individuals with accessible needs. The Platform renders content compatible with common screen readers and is continuously being developed to support additional programs and maximize current compatibility. Further, the web-based nature of the eReader allows use with the accessibility features of mainstream technologies, such as browser extensions enabling text to speech, high-contrast modes and resizing of book text.
RedShelf recently partnered with Tech for All, Inc. to perform an Accessibility Evaluation of the RedShelf Platform to test, analyze, and identify accessibility barriers encountered when using the portal by people with disabilities. The results of this report were used to guide an accessibility overhaul of the RedShelf Platform to achieve full compliance with the WCAG 2.0 (Level AA) Accessibility Guidelines that cover the Section 508 Accessibility Standards of the Rehabilitation Act.
Tech for All's team consisted of low vision, blind, hearing impaired, and mobility accessibility experts. The evaluation was conducted in the Windows 10 environment using the following browser/screen reader configurations: Internet Explorer 11 with JAWS 17 as well as Mozilla Firefox with NVDA and Chrome with ChromeVox. Testing was also performed with Mac OSX and iOS using Safari and the VoiceOver screen reader and Android with Chrome and TalkBack.