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This page details all of the known accessibility issues affecting SOAS Research Online, the method that was used to find issues, and the plans in place to fix them.


Plans for fixing known accessibility issues

All of the issues that have been highlighted in this review will be fixed in a planned upgrade to this repository


Method for testing accessibility

This repository was tested using WAVE's web accessibility tool. This tool returns a comprehensive list of features that may limit the ability of users to access a website, especially those using assistive technology such as screen readers. We ran this tool on a version of the repository without branding customisation, covering the pages that users most frequently interact with.


Known accessibility issues, listed by page

These issues are listed by page. Pages that are publicly accessible are listed first, and those for repository administrators can be found lower down. The number in brackets following the description represents the number of instances of that issue on the page. Below is a list of all the accessibility issues known to affect SOAS Research Online with an explanation of what they mean.

  • Missing form label: A form control does not have a properly associated text label. This means that the function of the form control may not be presented to those using screen readers. The lack of visible description may also make the page harder to navigate for all users.
  • Missing or uninformative page title: The page title is missing or not descriptive. A descriptive title helps users understand a page’s purpose or content. Without a proper title, many users (especially those using screen readers or other assistive technology) may have difficulty orienting themselves to the page.
  • Very low contrast: There is very low contrast between foreground and background colours. This may make reading text on this page difficult for users, particular those with low vision.
  • Missing alternative text:There is no alternative text given for an image included in the page. This means that those using screen readers will not be able to access this content.
  • Suspicious alternative text: Alternative text is likely insufficient or contains extraneous information. This means the content of the image may not be acessible to those using screen readers.
  • Nearby image has same alternative text: Two images near each other have the same alternative text. This means that those using screen readers will not be able to distinguish the difference between the images.
  • Skipped heading level: A heading level is skipped. This may cause confusion or difficulty for those using keyboard navigation or screen readers.
  • Accesskey: Accesskey provides a way to define shortcut keys for web page elements. Accesskeys often conflict with user or assistive technology shortcut keys and should be avoided or implemented with care.
  • Layout table: Layout tables are being used to position content visually, for example, to create columns or align content neatly for sighted users. These can introduce reading and navigation order issues especially for those using screen readers.
  • Redundant link: Adjacent links go to the same location. This creates additional navigation and repetition for those using keyboard and screen readers.
  • Link to PDF document: This page may link to a PDF document. These documents may not be accessible and the need to use a separate application may cause confusion and navigation difficulties.
  • Device dependent event handler: Event handlers may not be accessible for both keyboard and mouse users.
  • Redundant title text: The title attribute is the same as text or alternative text.
  • Broken ARIA reference: No target is set for ARIA references, this means that the description will not be presented.
  • Javascript jump menu: A javascript jump menu is a select element that triggers a new web page with the onchange event handler. This may cause difficulty for users navigating the page with a keyboard as the page will change with each change in the select menu.
  • Linked image missing alternative text: There is no alternative text given for an image that is linked to from this page. This means that a screen reader has no content to present to the user regarding the function of a link.

Publicly accessible pages

Homepage

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the homepage:

  • Missing form label (1)
  • Missing or uninformative page title (1)
  • Very low contrast (28)
  • Suspicious alternative text (4)
  • Nearby image has same alternative text (3)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Accesskey (1)
  • Layout table (1)

About

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the about page:

  • Missing form label (1)
  • Missing or uninformative page title (1)
  • Very low contrast (12)
  • Suspicious alternative text (1)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Accesskey (1)

Browse

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the browse items page:

  • Missing form label (1)
  • Missing or uninformative page title (1)
  • Very low contrast (11)
  • Suspicious alternative text (1)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Accesskey (1)

Item details

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the item details page:

  • Missing alternative text (2)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (3)
  • Missing form label (4)
  • Missing or uninformative page title (1)
  • Empty table header (1)
  • Very low contrast (14)
  • Suspicious alternative text (1)
  • Nearby image has same alternative text (1)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Redundant link (2)
  • Link to PDF document (6)
  • Device dependent event handler (2)
  • Accesskey (1)
  • Redundant title text (1)
  • Layout table (5)

Deposit workflow - type

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the 'type' stage of the deposit workflow:

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (1)
  • Missing form label (2)
  • Missing or uninformative page title (1)
  • Very low contrast (25)
  • Suspicious alternative text (1)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Accesskey (1)

Deposit workflow - details

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the 'details' stage of the deposit workflow:

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (1)
  • Missing form label (9)
  • Missing or uninformative page title (1)
  • Broken ARIA reference (2)
  • Very low contrast (64)
  • Suspicious alternative text (1)
  • Nearby image has same alternative text (2)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Redundant link (1)
  • Accesskey (1)
  • Layout table (1)

Deposit workflow - deposit

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the 'deposit' stage of the deposit workflow:

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (1)
  • Missing form label (1)
  • Missing or uninformative page title (1)
  • Very low contrast (33)
  • Suspicious alternative text (1)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Redundant link (1)
  • Accesskey (1)

Search

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the simple search page:

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (1)
  • Missing form label (3)
  • Missing or uninformative page title (1)
  • Very low contrast (22)
  • Suspicious alternative text (1)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Suspicious link text (1)
  • Accesskey (1)

Advanced search

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the advanced search page:

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (1)
  • Missing form label (1)
  • Missing or uninformative page title (1)
  • Very low contrast (22)
  • Suspicious alternative text (1)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Suspicious link text (1)
  • Accesskey (1)

Login

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the user login page:

  • Missing form label (3)
  • Missing or uninformative page title (1)
  • Very low contrast (7)
  • Suspicious alternative text (1)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Accesskey (1)
  • Layout table (1)

Profile

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the user profile page:

  • Missing alternative text (2)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (1)
  • Missing form label (1)
  • Missing or uninformative page title (1)
  • Very low contrast (46)
  • Suspicious alternative text (1)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Suspicious link text (1)
  • Accesskey (1)
  • Layout table (3)

Pages for repository administrators

Manage deposits

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the manage deposits page:

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (1)
  • Missing form label (1)
  • Missing or uninformative page title (1)
  • Very low contrast (53)
  • Suspicious alternative text (1)
  • Nearby image has same alternative text (15)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Accesskey (1)

Review

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the review page:

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (1)
  • Missing form label (1)
  • Missing or uninformative page title (1)
  • Broken ARIA reference (3)
  • Very low contrast (58)
  • Suspicious alternative text (1)
  • Nearby image has same alternative text (10)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Accesskey (1)

Admin

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the admin page:

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (1)
  • Missing form label (1)
  • Missing or uninformative page title (1)
  • Very low contrast (25)
  • Suspicious alternative text (1)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Accesskey (1)

IR stats

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the IR stats reports page:

  • Missing alternative text (2)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (4)
  • Missing form label (7)
  • Missing or uninformative page title (1)
  • Empty link (2)
  • Empty table header (2)
  • Very low contrast (30)
  • Suspicious alternative text (1)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Javascript jump menu (1)
  • Accesskey (1)
  • Layout table (9)

Reports

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the reports page:

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (1)
  • Missing form label (2)
  • Missing or uninformative page title (1)
  • Very low contrast (23)
  • Suspicious alternative text (1)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Accesskey (1)

Subject editor

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the subject editor:

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (1)
  • Missing form label (3)
  • Missing or uninformative page title (1)
  • Empty table header (1)
  • Very low contrast (25)
  • Suspicious alternative text (1)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Accesskey (1)