Public Knowledge Project Accessibility Statement
The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is committed to providing a user experience that is accessible to the widest possible audience. To achieve this, a new OJS Default Theme was developed by PKP for OJS 3.3 and higher, and was audited for accessibility barriers.
PKP is actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of the OJS software and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines (and to exceed the minimum standard where we can). Regularly scheduled audits of our software, with users, ensures issues are identified and resolved in a timely manner.
PKP endeavours to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines will help make the web more user friendly for all people.
Please note that WCAG guidelines are an internationally recognised benchmark for the building of accessible web sites and if you wish to know more, further details can be found using this link.
Israel Cefrin, UX Researcher for Accessibility at the Public Knowledge Project, states, “We decided to exceed the recommended standards because we know that WCAG is a minimum standard expected. There are items not included in these standards that affect disabled users who have already joined some of our usability testing sessions, e.g. assistive technology for high contrast color. We aim to follow standards and regulations such as WCAG or AODA, but to make our platforms more accessible as possible we need to exceed the minimum expected.”
PKP’s Accessibility Statement is published in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
While PKP strives to adhere to these accepted guidelines for accessibility and usability, we cannot immediately achieve 100% coverage immediately and in all contexts – this is the nature of a distributed project such as ours. We are continually seeking out improvements and solutions. If you are interested in contributing to this work, please contact us or better yet, follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and on Twitter.