Accessibility Features in Pulse

In a world increasingly reliant on technology for education, technology must adapt and accommodate the needs of its users. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is a standard developed by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) for web content and tool developers.

Pulse check-in contains several key features to ensure it is user-friendly for individuals with diverse needs.

Keyboard Accessibility

Keyboard accessibility means making websites and apps easy to use with just a keyboard without a mouse. It's important for people who can't use a mouse and must rely on their keyboards to navigate and interact with technology.

The Pulse check-in is operable through a keyboard interface. Participants who rely on keyboards can navigate through a Pulse check-in with ease. An indicator will highlight an option if a participant uses their keyboard.

Input Accessibility (Target Size)

Inputs are the different ways we use our devices, for example typing with a keyboard, clicking with a mouse, or touching the screen. When designing digital interfaces, Pulse considers these to ensure the buttons are big enough and easy to tap with a finger on a touchscreen or click with a mouse.

Per the WCAG, Pulse’s target for pointer inputs is at least 44 by 44 CSS pixels, whether a participant uses a small mobile device or a larger computer screen to ensure that people can use the interface comfortably.

Improved Visibility

Improved Visibility involves enlarging and enhancing text, buttons, icons, and other elements to make them easily visible, clickable, or tapable. Improved Visibility is particularly important for those with vision impairments or participants using small devices or screens.

Pulse has appropriately sized the images and buttons used in our check-ins so participants with vision impairment can easily identify options on the platform.

Compatibility with Web-Screen Readers

Web-screen readers are tools that read out loud what's on the screen for people who can't see well. Compatibility with these tools is essential as these tools are individuals with vision or reading difficulties, more commonly using web-screen readers.

To further support participants with visual disabilities, Pulse has improved compatibility with web-screen readers. Participants can also use our text-to-speech button if they do not have a web-screen reader.

Continued Improvements

Pulse is committed to being more accessible and ensuring everyone, including those with different needs, can use Pulse easily. Pulse has improved accessibility and functionality and will continue striving to foster a truly inclusive environment for all its users. 

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