Available only in Finnish: Tässä artikkelissa tarkastellaan digipalvelulain aiheuttamia muutoksia yliopistojen vastuissa liittyen tuottamiinsa digitaalisten palveluiden saatavuuteen ja saavutettavuuteen. Artikkeli myös avaa keskeiset lakiin liittyvät käsitteet.
The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.
Digital Accessibility Guidance
Digital accessibility regulations came into force on September 2018. This regulation implements the EU directive on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies into Finnish Act on the Provision of Digital Services 306/2019.
Accessible digital content is searchable, convenient, and cost-effective. This page provides publishers with the tools and knowledge needed to enable digital accessibility in a team through cultural change and raising awareness of the importance of inclusion. All Aalto publishers need to address digital accessibility as part of their everyday work. Educate yourself and colleagues – this is down to teamwork. Developers should be using WAI-ARIA techniques to make code accessible to assistive technologies, such as screen readers, to be able to validate that the user experience will be good enough. Accessible Web sites, mobile applications and online documents should be:
- Perceivable - Available through sight, hearing, or touch
- Operable - Compatible with keyboard or mouse
- Understandable - User-friendly, easy to comprehend
- Robust - Works across browsers, assistive technologies, mobile devices, old devices/browsers, etc. Follows standards.
Providing accessible digital content to Aalto community helps implementing Aalto values of quality, inclusion, and connectivity.
Digital accessibility and the application of the Finnish Act on the Provision of Digital Services in universities
Digital accessibility is not only about technical standards, web architecture, platforms and design. It is an issue of political will and of moral obligation, enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)
Web accessibility allows everyone, including people with disabilities, to perceive, understand, navigate and interact with the Internet. The same vision of accessibility needs to apply to mobile applications, considering the developments in technology and trends in the last years.
Your service must be accessible to everyone who needs it. You may be breaking the law if you do not make it accessible. Start by thinking how Aalto users might access and use your service before you design or build anything. A short summary in Finnish.
A Digital Service is a software service designed to fulfil a product capability and run on a Digital Platform. Such a service might be a monolith, or composed of multiple microservices. It’s owned by a single Digital Service team responsible for understanding its customers, and producing a service that meets their needs.
For the first time a common set of rules on intermediaries' obligations and accountability across the single market will open up new opportunities to provide digital services across borders, while ensuring a high level of protection to all users, no matter where they live in the EU.
1 Accessibility guidelines for teachers and other document publishers
Collection of instructions for a fluent digital publishing.
Instructions to produce accessible content in a single file or document
Many Microsoft 365 apps include an Accessibility Checker that finds accessibility problems and lists suggestions.
The Teacher Services team develops digital services for teaching and learning and provides support for their use. The team is part of the Learning Services.
Various aids are available for reading many higher education books. This page includes examples of aids and tips for using them.
With more than 1 billion people with disabilities in the world, Microsoft believes that accessibility is essential to delivering on our mission to “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” However, our mission doesn’t begin and end with the products we create and the services we offer. It extends to the culture of our workplace and weaving accessibility into the fabric of our company—from hiring people with disabilities, to creating inclusive marketing, and awarding our Accessibility in Action digital badge.
Instructions on how to create and edit captions in Panopto.
Panopto media service for uploading and sharing videos and for creating video captures and webcasts.
Practical instructions (in Finnish) how documents can be made accessible.
Accessibility guidelines by University of Helsinki including instructions for courses.
Add speech to your website & apps to make your content available to a larger audience.
The WordPress community and the open source WordPress project is committed to being as inclusive and accessible as possible. WordPress aims to make the WordPress Admin and bundled themes fully WCAG 2.0 AA compliant where possible.
- Publish always as an HTML webpage if possible; It’s the best way to reach as many users as possible. If you do need to publish a document, it should be in addition to an HTML version.
- Documents like PDFs make your content harder to find, use and maintain. It can be difficult for users to customise them for ease of reading, and they might not work well with assistive technologies like screen readers.
Before sending your email message or sharing your document or spreadsheet, run the Accessibility Checker to make sure your Microsoft Office content is easy for people of all abilities to read and edit.
Word has many features built-in that help people with different abilities to read and author documents. Word also offers the Accessibility Checker that locates elements that might cause problems for people with disabilities.
PDF/A is an ISO-standardized version of the Portable Document Format (PDF) specialized for the digital preservation of electronic documents. PDF/A differs from PDF by omitting features ill-suited to long-term archiving. Library recommends ISO-standardized versions PDF/A-1a, PDF/A-1b & PDF/A-2.
Adobe® InDesign® CC software supports accessible cross-media publication, allowing you to export InDesign documents to ePub, HTML, or accessible PDF. Reduce the time it takes to create PDF documents that people with disabilities can use more effectively. Apply accessibility features within your InDesign document, rather than having to make major changes in Adobe Acrobat® software. PDF tags, alt tags, and the content order you assign stay with the document as you revise it.
(In Finnish) LUT-diplomityö tarkastelee WordPress-julkaisujärjestelmää ja sen rakennetta sekä toiminnallisuuksia. Case-esimerkillä esitellään, miten saavutettavuus voidaan teknisesti toteuttaa WordPress-julkaisujärjestelmällä toteutetun verkkosivuston teemaan.
2 Accessibility in the web
All Aalto's websites and services must fulfil the accessibility guidelines. The easiest way to improve your online presence is to create you web pages as part of the aalto.fi site. The aalto.fi platform is by default accessible, and you won't have to think about the technical side, only ensure your content and links follow the guidelines. Contact communications department to learn more about aalto.fi or learn more about the Drupal platform through the links below.
Here, you can find instructions on how to make the most out of aalto.fi to visualise your pages and make your content findable. This page is also for the latest Drupal news and events.
This page compiles all Drupal instructions. Drupal is the content management system of the aalto.fi website.
How to write and edit English-language press releases and news.
If you are creating a separate website from aalto.fi, you should still ensure your website is accessible.
- Get to know the basics of digital accessibility requirements for the web through the links below. These instructions are for other platforms than aalto.fi (e.g. Wordpress).
- Utilize the Aalto Design system components - they have been designed and developed to follow accessibility guidelines
- Begin by publishing the Accessibility statement on your updated pages.
Write and add the accessibility statement for your website or service
Reviewing your accessibility statement is an opportunity to check ‘usability’. The accessibility statement is not merely a list of compliance criteria – which in itself is not very helpful. Many assistive technology users have to navigate the entire page before they can even find the statement. A good statement will add value for diverse users by giving them practical advice on how to improve their experience with web browser features or add-ons, or by explaining how to turn on the captions for videos. Thus, the accessibility statement can become a resource for students, partners and employees rather than purely a legal document.
What is a website and does it meet web accessibility regulations? The new regulations in Europe require each website to have an accessibility statement and, due to the age of the website, sites owned by the same organisation may have a different timeline for complying with the regulations. Source: ECS Accessibility Team (University of Southampton)
Links to guidelines and instructions about accessibility on websites, VLEs and social media
Make your tuition accessible on MyCourses (MyCourses is based on Moodle).
Moodle is designed to provide equal functionality and information to all people. This means that there should be no barriers for people regardless of disabilities, assistive technologies that are used, different screen sizes and different input devices (e.g. mouse, keyboard and touchscreen).
Make your social media (like Facebook and Twitter) presence accessible. Being accessible online is important for every facet of your digital strategy.
- All pics posted to social media should have an alt text (or a descriptive copy) in one way or another (check out the channel-specific guidelines below)
- If you’re posting a web link with picture, there’s no need for an alt text on social media (just make sure you placed the alt text on the website)
- When your hashtags consist of multiple words, capitalise initials (aka 'CamelCase'), for example #AaltoUniversity
- Put @mentions preferrably at the end so key content is covered first (recommended usually anyway for clarity)
- Use emojis moderately and don’t place spaces between them
- When posting an image on Twitter (both via desktop and mobile), always add an alt text!
- Enable the image description setting on your Twitter account (I have done this for @aaltouniversity)
- Upload the image -> click Add description (Describe briefly and clearly what's in the pic, like the alt text on the website)
- Facebook's algorithm automatically creates an alt text for images
- To make sure it's right, click your photo after publishing -> Options -> Change alt text (You can also do this before publishing)
- Instagram's algorithm automatically creates an alt text for images
- To edit this before posting, click Advanced settings at the bottom of the screen where you write the caption -> Write alt text
- To edit this after posting, go to Edit image -> Edit alt text
- Alt text cannot be added to videos automatically, so you can add it to the end of the copy separately
- When posting videos to Stories, add key content as a separate text with the text tool (recommended anyway for usability)
- Add hashtags to the first comment rather than in the copy
- Doesn’t have an automatic alt text tool, so ensure you add a descriptive text to the images you're posting, either embedded in the copy or as a separate Alt text at the end of each copy
- Describe images as precisely as possible, but also keep the message easy to understand and concise
How to write good alt text
“Mobile accessibility” refers to making websites and applications more accessible to people with disabilities when they are using mobile phones and other devices.
Hybrid way of teaching and working
In the future, it is desired to invest even more in a hybrid model that utilizes both contact and remote learning.
Collaboration tools enable collaboration and data sharing within groups, as well as publishing data to internet. All the services mentioned below can be accessed with Aalto username and password
Digital Accessibility Guidance by other Universities
Excellent resources to understand digital accessibility provided by European universities. Study by The Finnish Institute of Technology (FITech) courses produced by Tampere University and MOOCs of Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart. Benchmark Glasgow and Harvard guidelines and resources to make your content accessible.
FITech Network University offers selected studies from all Finnish universities of technology. Update your digital skills free of charge. Courses are open and available for everyone from students to adults in working life. Search e.g. for "accessibility"
Digital accessibility regulations came into force on September 2018. This regulation implements the EU directive on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies into UK law.
Digital Aalto is a university-level strategic initiative and you are invited to join us on our journey towards a digital future.
National learning data reserves for use by individuals and society. Finland is a model country for flexible learning in 2030. Learners are provided with data on their own learning in a secure manner. This enables and supports their learning throughout their lives.