H5P Improves Accessibility

Since 1992, December 3rd has symbolized the International Day of Disabled Persons.  The day provides a context in which society can strive for inclusivity by removing physical, cognitive, and technological barriers for people with disabilities.  This year’s theme focuses on, “transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all” -- with a strong message of, “leave no one behind.”

One of the founding principles of the internet and its’ content is that it be made available for everyone.  This includes the growing population of people with disabilities.  As we draw closer to December 3rd, I wanted to highlight one particular team that has stood out to me by placing accessibility requirements at the top of their to-do list in 2017; I’m talking about the H5P core team.

For those unfamiliar, H5P is an HTML5 authoring suite offering a variety of content-types designed to increase user-engagement.  Specifically, the platform provides a playground of interactive tools including: Interactive Video, Question Set, Drag and Drop, and Course Presentation (to name a few) that can be easily created and embedded into any website.

Out of the gate, the dark cloud in the room (at least in an educational setting) was always H5P’s ability to deliver accessible content-types to its users.  Sure, some of the content types were accessible, but many of them still fell short of industry standards; that is, until recently. 

Over the past few months, the H5P core team has worked tirelessly with Michigan Virtual and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) to revisit accessibility in the H5P landscape.  Together, the groups have combined to make most of the content-types available, accessible.  During a November 2017 status update, H5P confirms that, “keyboard navigation, read-speaker support and many other features have been added and tested thoroughly with multiple accessibility tools and scenarios, making most of the existing content-types accessible to everyone.”

This is a huge win for the accessibility world, H5P core team, Michigan Virtual, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Their recent efforts and achievements will certainly give them a lot to celebrate this December.

H5P Accessibility Table (Nov. 2017)

Arithmetic QuizOK--
Audio RecorderOK--
ColumnOKDepends entirely on the content
Course PresentationOK--
Dialog CardsOK--
Documentation ToolOK--
Drag and DropOK--
Drag the WordsOK--
Fill in the BlanksOK--
Find the HotspotNOT OK--
Find Multiple HotspotsNOT OK--
FlashcardsALMOSTThere are a few known problems
Guess the AnswerOK--
Iframe EmbedderOKDepends entirely on the content
Image HotspotsOK--
Image JuxtapositionUNKNOWN--
Image SequencingNOT OK--
Image SliderOK--
Impressive PresentationNOT OK--
Interactive VideoOK--
Mark the WordsOK--
Memory GameOK--
Multiple ChoiceOK--
Personality QuizNOT OK--
Question SetOK--
QuestionnaireNOT OK--
Quiz (Question Set)OK--
Single Choice SetOK--
Speak the WordsNOT OK--
Speak the Words SetNOT OK--
Twitter User FeedUNKNOWN--