What is OSAi?

OSAi stands for the “Open Source Accessibility initiative”. Its creation was spearheaded by Orange in 2016 and it is hosted within the neutral framework of OW2, an international consortium devoted to the promotion and development of Open Source software and communities.

Photo: Christian Paterson speaking
Christian Paterson presenting OSAi (picture courtesy of Groupe de travail Logiciel Libre)

OSAi was founded in order to leverage an open source collaborative approach to digital accessibility , through software projects (several provided by Orange) and other deliverables, such as training courses, communication tools, guidelines, etc.

Real benefits

OSAi participants share knowledge, code and experience within several functional domains; each animated by an elected Domain “Leader” For Example: Test and assessment tools, Guidelines and best practices, etc.

In order to facilitate transverse domain sharing, and guide the initiative generally, OSAi organises Steering Committee meetings where Domain Leaders, sponsors and invited speakers discuss domain advancements, ideas for new collaborative projects, and needs for assistance between participants. In 2017 this Committee is chaired by Orange’s Head of Open Source Governance, Christian Paterson.

Beyond this chairperson role, Orange provides industry recognized accessibility expertise, fosters accessibility-related software sharing within OSAi, and of course shares several of its own open source accessibility projects.

Accessibility Events

Orange is proud to be active within digital accessibility events (for example, we co-organised the Paris AccessCamp hackathon, 18 November 2016).

In connection to OSAi Orange has participated to several events, such as:

  • GAAD (Global Accessibility Awareness Day) at Worldline (Paris) and Atos (London)
  • Paris Open Source Summit 2016
  • Federation of Blind People in France
  • OW2con’2017 (hosted by Orange), where an accessibility round table was organised with major players (French administration, Microsoft, Orange, etc.)
Photo: round table chaired by Orange
Accessibility round table (picture courtesy of Daniele Gagliardi) — Left to right: Stéphane Deschamps (Orange), Christian Paterson (Orange), Antoine Cao (DINSIC), Aurélien Levy (Temesis), Alessandro Portosa (Engineering Group), David Monnehay (Atalan)

Open source accessibility projects

Orange has created several open source repositories on Github for projects related to accessibility. These are also made available through OSAi.

Explore OSAi projects:

More info:

  1. Orange Design System helps you create your Orange service with: ods-storybook-theme: an Orange graphic theme to customize Storybook ods-jekyll-theme: an Orange theme for your Markdown documentations ods-android and ods-ios: 2 mobile code frameworks respectively for Android and iOS which will help you increase your design consistency, accommodate a wide variety of content and streamline your […]

  2. Sometimes adults and children need to train their muscles before getting an arm prosthesis or to recover control of injured limbs. However even if there exist some training solutions they may be expensive or not fun, specially for children. Baah Box is a project where a DIY box is connected to sensors or joysticks used […]

  3. A11ygato – accessbility dashboard for website monitoring. A11gato is a web interface that allows you to monitor the accessibility of your websites.  The suite is composed of a webapp (the dashboard), a CLI and a Node.js API. Both the CLI and the API are published in the npm repository on GitHub. The dashboard is a […]

  4. Paris Open Source Summit, the annual meeting of European open source, was held on December 5th and 6th at the Pullman Docks in Paris for the 4th consecutive year in a row. This fantastic edition gathered around 5500 experts and amateurs around the theme: the place of open source and French actors in the digital […]

  5. Orange-OpenSource GitHub homepage Presenting Orange Open Source organisation Github web site which aggregates information about all our open source projects. This web site has been built with: Home made CSS based on Boosted-Boostrap, Javascript functions to get projects information base on Github Pages and GitHub API, Images, fonts and icon from Orange brand, all under the Apache 2.0 Licence. View […]

  6. After the success of Orange Boosted with Bootstrap, we are pleased to announce the publication of Orange Boosted with Angular. All the custom Orange components of Boosted 4, working with Angular 2. Learn more on ng-boosted.orange.com and go to Orange-Boosted-Angular repository on GitHub. The source code is licensed under the MIT license and the documentation […]

  7. Orange offers a website dedicated to the development of digital accessibility. This site provides open source (under CC BY SA license) guidelines for web and mobile. It presents the requirements to be followed according to different profiles (designer, developer …). It contains methodologies and step by step examples describing the construction of accessible components often […]

  8. Signs@Work is developed by Orange Labs for the Mission Insertion Handicap. It aims in favouring the exchanges and the sharing of the technical signs between the users via a platform conceived for the sign language. This helps the deaf employees and their interpreters to follow the evolution of the company in a digital world. Every […]

  9. Beyond compliance with Orange brand recommendations, Boosted provides accessibility improvements as well as Orange-specific components and interaction choices respecting the framework standards. Components and samples included in Boosted are regularly enhanced according to the needs expressed by Boosted users. The use of a common platform allows us to offer our customers a unique and consistent […]