GDL - universal design and accessibility

By designing with the users, and not for them, you can build digital tools to better address the specific context, culture, behaviors and expectations of the people who will directly interact with the technology.

The GDL adheres to principles of universal design and accessibility and has a strong focus on making all content generally accessible, including for those with print disabilities, i.e. blindness or low vision, severe dyslexia, or mobility impairment.

Web accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to websites, by people with disabilities. When sites are correctly designed, developed, and edited, all users have equal access to information and functionality.

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 covers a wide range of recommendations for making web content more accessible. The GDL places a high priority on following these guidelines to ensure that content is accessible for all users. By following these guidelines one will also often make the web content more usable in general.

The GDL platform is compliant with all WCAG 2.0 AA requirements and more than 15 of the AAA requirements.

Some of the titles on the GDL are, however, not WCAG 2.0 AA compliant, mostly because they lack alt-text for the pictures and illustrations.

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The Global Digital Library collects existing high quality open educational reading resources, and makes them available on web, mobile and for print.

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