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Tech News: Accessibility in Maptionnaire

December 7, 2021
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Lue suomenkielinen versio: Saavutettavuus Maptionnairessa

Maptionnaire now fills all the requirements of A-level as well as AA-level of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1). Accessibility is a top priority for us and we are always striving to ensure that our platform follows the highest accessibility standards and best practices. We do this, for instance, by making sure that all questionnaire elements have been coded accordingly, and that screen readers and other assistive technology can help respondents in filling out questionnaires. Maptionnaire is one of the few digital services in Finland to fill all the accessibility requirements.

We view developing an accessible Maptionnaire service as a process, as there is always room for improvement. Accessibility standards and assistive web technologies are constantly changing, and as such we cannot always ensure that we have been able to build everything in a way that would guarantee the best experience. We are, however, committed to the process and want to remove accessibility barriers wherever possible. We therefore welcome all feedback and suggestions for improvement. 

Background maps and other web-based map services are not compatible with assistive technology. This is an issue that we at Maptionnaire unfortunately cannot work around. This fundamental problem is also reflected in the Finnish Act on the Provision of Digital Services and the EU’s Accessibility Directive, which have exemptions for maps and map services.

Do you have any questions about accessibility in Maptionnaire or have improvement suggestions?

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