All software is fully accessible to keyboard only users, mouse only users and switch users where possible. Software is suitable for users of interactive whiteboards (IWBs). At an early stage of development, a Consultation was held with CALL Scotland to discuss how to optimise accessibility for the Doorway suite, making the software as accessible as possible for as many users as possible.
The software is available over the internet. In this way it can be run on any computer with internet access*. Learners will be able to use the same activities at home as in school and teachers will be able to recommend which exercises to practice.
This suite aims to provide a highly educational experience for users of all abilities. There should be very little need for ‘special needs’ software as all software should be fully accessible.
*Flash Player (version 8 or higher) is required to use Doorway activities
The original Doorway activities were first implemented on Acorn RISC OS Computers in the early 1990s by Andrew Burt and Philip Whittaker, using the Doorway Multimedia development system created by Roger Spooner and Andrew Burt.
The original ideas for the software on this site are Philip Whittaker’s. He was ICT Support Teacher for Inclusion in Scottish Borders. Now retired, he is chairman of the Doorway Accessible Software Trust that manages this site and develops new activities for it.
The design and implementation of the current activities are by Thomas Lee.