Blindside Networks is striving to create an accessible online experience for all users of BigBlueButton.
Blindside recognizes both the regulatory and usability benefits of complying with government standards for accessibility, and so strives to both comply with those standards and use them as a guideline for making BigBlueButton more accessible for persons with disabilities and difficulties. In support of this, Blindside arranged a compliance analysis of how BigBlueButton fairs when judged against standards established by the government of the United States (Revised Section 508, ADA) and the WCAG 2.0 standards, and the IASR regulations established by the Government of Ontario’s AODA legislation.
Blindside Networks requested that David Berman Communications of Ottawa, Ontario apply standard tests used for accessible electronic documents to BigBlueButton. This report summarizes the findings and provides an expert opinion.
In order to assess the overall accessibility of BigBlueButton 2.4 we carefully selected a statistically-relevant and horizontally representative sample test path for automated and manual study, as well as assessing the overall structure and common assets of the product. We studied the pages in their publicly-available state, at time points in July/August 2013, March/April 2016, February/March 2017, June/July 2018, and May/June 2019.
It is my professional opinion that the provided test path for BigBlueButton 2.4 meets or exceeds all applicable Level AA guidelines of the W3C WCAG 2.0 Guidelines, with these exceptions:
It is my professional opinion that the provided test path for all moderators/presenters/viewers in BigBlueButton meets or exceeds all applicable conformance requirements of the U.S. Revised Section 508, classic Section 508, and the EU’s EN 301 549 (2019), with these expectations:
For a VPAT expressing BigBlueButton’s compliance with classic Section 508 (as opposed to the Revised Section 508 which points to WCAG 2.0 AA), visit https://bigbluebutton.org/files/vpat.pdf.
In addition, we have administered qualitative testing of the product by test users with substantial disabilities (blind, low vision, developmental, and mobility). All substantial issues discovered were brought to the attention of the developers.
David Berman, cpwa, rgd, fgdc
David Berman Communications
This document was most recently updated on 2 January 2022