At FlatWorld, we believe that universal access to quality education is a right. Part of our commitment to universal access involves providing equal and inclusive learning opportunities to all individuals regardless of age, ability, or situation. We are constantly working to improve our platform to work seamlessly with Assistive Technology, including Voiceover, JAWS, and additional third-party screen readers.
We are focusing our accessibility efforts on complying with the Level AA success criteria set out by the W3C in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG). In 2017 and again in 2018 we retained The Carroll Center for the Blind based in Newton, MA as our auditors to insure that FlatWorld titles comply with the Level AA success criteria set out by the W3C in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG). Like many of our peers in the publishing industry, the effort to fully comply with the level AA success criteria remains an ongoing effort. FlatWorld has developed an extensive roadmap, and continues execute against that roadmap in order to ensure compliance.
We have been working very hard to address any gaps. The technology gaps are closed, we are now systematically working through all our titles, to address any content gaps and are making rapid progress. Our new Homework System was built from the ground up to be fully accessible, so that is also complete.
We continue to use commercial best efforts to insure that all our products comply with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG).
The FlatWorld online reader uses a standard web interface and includes an accessible table of contents for exploring your FlatWorld textbook. When the page loads, the first link will give you the option to skip to the main content (the text of the textbook itself).
The online reader has two modes: Read and Study. Read mode is focused on the text (and images) of the book and where you can make annotations. Read mode is the default and you can also access it through the “tablist” in the header. Study mode, where you can review key terms and your existing annotations, is also available through the “tablist” in the header.
There are two main ways to navigate your book. The “Table of Contents” is a navigation link menu that will allow you to select book chapters or sections. On the bottom of each content page there are “previous” and “next” link menu that will navigate you to the previous or next section of your book.
Each section of the book may contain flashcards or quizzes to help you study the material. You can access this content by the tablist navigation after the main content area.
FlatWorld considers accessibility when choosing software libraries and services. The question engine for FlatWorld Homework offers strong accessibility support as does our online chat for customer service (more technical details).