Making Minddistrict accessible
This accessibility statement was published on 23 January 2020.
What is digital accessibility?
"The Web is fundamentally designed to work for all people, whatever their hardware, software, language, location, or ability." (Source: www.w3.org/standards/webdesign/accessibility)
Digital accessibility aims to help people with disabilities use digital information. When referring to 'disabilities', we mean issues like blindness or vision problems, deafness or hearing impairment, learning difficulties, mental disabilities, mobility problems, speech difficulties, sensitivity to light or combinations of these. We'd like everyone to have the possibility to use our product. So, we try to make our website, web platform, iOS and Android apps as accessible as possible.
To which products does this statement apply?
This statement applies to:
- The Minddistrict website (https://www.minddistrict.com).
- The web platform (The Minddistrict platform that is accessible via a web browser on desktops and tablets).
- The iOS and Android apps for your phone and tablet.
Making Minddistrict accessible is quite a challenge. We try to do this as well as possible for the website, web platform, and the iOS and Android apps. Below you can see what we've already done, what we're improving and what we want to improve in the future.
What's already been done?
- The website
The font size can be adjusted for people with vision problems, practically everything on the website can be reached via your keyboard (by tabbing), the website can be viewed properly on the computer, tablet and phone, the layout of the pages is simple and the titles are clear. The website can also be viewed in the most popular web browsers (Chrome, Edge, Safari, Firefox).
- The web platform
Practically everything can be reached with a keyboard and the platform can be viewed properly on a computer, tablet and phone. All texts are written at English B1 language level to make it understandable for as many people as possible. The platform also works well in the most popular web browsers (Chrome, Edge, Safari, Firefox).
- The iOS app
The iOS app is accessible to people who use a screen reader (VoiceOver) and all texts are written at English B1 level to make it understandable for as many people as possible.
- The Android app
The font size in the Android app can be adjusted for people with vision problems, all texts are written at English B1 level to make it understandable for as many people as possible.
What are we improving?
Currently, we're working on the following improvements for both the website, the web platform, and the iOS and Android apps:
- Improving the accessibility for people using a screen reader (blind people, for instance). The iOS app is already accessible when it comes to this.
- Improving the readability for people with colour blindness by increasing the contrast between the text colour and the background colour.
What do we want to improve in the future?
There are still a few important points we'd like to improve in the future:
- The accessibility of our PDF files.
- Making the font size adjustable in the iOS app and the web platform for people with vision problems. The website and the Android app are already accessible in this respect.
- Adding subtitles to videos for people who are deaf or hearing-impaired. Adding a transcription to audio recordings.
How will we work on improving accessibility in the future?
The new functionalities we develop will immediately be more accessible. Our designers and software developers employ increasingly more of the guidelines for accessibility. When existing functionalities are adjusted or updated, these will also be made more accessible.
Exceptions in the field of accessibility
A conscious exception to the field of accessibility is the language level on the website. Minddistrict's website is aimed at organisations that (want to) use our product and the people who work there. That's why we sometimes use technical terms on our website.
Improvements and feedback
We're aware that there are still several important improvements needed for the accessibility for people with disabilities. We're definitely open to tips and feedback. You can send these to firstname.lastname@example.org. We strive to respond within three to five days. Would you like to know more about digital accessibility? Consult the Digital Accessibility Centre.