Accessibility roadmap for Aston Publications Explorer

This page details all of the known accessibility issues affecting Aston Publications Explorer, 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 Aston Publications Explorer with an explanation of what they mean.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Empty link: A link does not contain any explanatory text. This means that the purpose of the link is not presented to the user, which may cause confusion 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.
  • 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.
  • Skipped heading level: A heading level is skipped. This may cause confusion or difficulty for those using keyboard navigation or screen readers.
  • Suspicious link text: A link contains extraneous text or may not make sense out of context. This may cause confusion about the purpose of the link.
  • Redundant title text: The title attribute is the same as text or alternative text.
  • Underlined text: This page may link to a microsoft excel document. These documents may not be accessible and the need to use a separate application may cause confusion and navigation difficulties.
  • 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.
  • Multiple form labels: A form control has more than one label associated with it.
  • 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 fieldset: A group of check boxes or radio buttons is not enclosed in a fieldset. This may make it difficult for those using screen readers to identify the purpose of check boxes or radio buttons.
  • Empty table header: A table header contains no text. This may result in cells with missing or incorrect header information.
  • Tabindex: A positive tabindex value is present. These alter the natural tab order, which may cause confusion and decrease keyboard accessibility.
  • Possible table caption: Text appears to be a table caption, but is not a caption element. This means it will not be read as a caption by screen readers.

Publicly accessible pages

Homepage

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the homepage:

  • Redundant link (1)

About

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

  • Redundant link (1)

Browse

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

  • Redundant link (1)

Item detail

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

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Missing form label (1)
  • Empty table header (1)
  • Very Low Contrast (1)
  • Redundant link (2)
  • Redundant title text (4)

Deposit workflow - type

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

  • Redundant link (1)

Deposit workflow - upload

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

  • Missing form label (2)
  • Very low contrast (4)
  • Redundant link (1)
  • Layout table (1)

Deposit workflow - details

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the ["workflow_details_link" not defined]:

  • Missing form label (13)
  • Empty button (36)
  • Broken ARIA reference (4)
  • Very Low Contrast (6)
  • Redundant link (1)

Deposit workflow - subject

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

  • Broken ARIA reference (1)
  • Very Low Contrast (6)
  • Redundant link (1)

Deposit workflow - deposit

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

  • Very Low Contrast (11)
  • Redundant link (2)

Search

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

  • Redundant link (1)

Advanced Search

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

  • Very low contrast (1)
  • Redundant link (1)

Login

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

  • Missing form label (2)
  • Very low contrast (1)
  • Redundant link (1)
  • Tabindex (3)

Profile

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

  • Very low contrast (1)
  • Suspicious link text (1)
  • Redundant link (1)
  • Layout table (3)

Pages for repository administrators

Admin

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

  • Redundant link (1)

Manage deposits

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

  • Very Low Contrast (4)
  • A nearby image has the same alternative text (9)
  • Redundant link (1)

Review

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

  • Broken ARIA reference (5)
  • Very low contrast (23)
  • A nearby image has the same alternative text (10)
  • Redundant link (1)

IR stats

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

  • Missing alternative text (2)
  • Missing form label (6)
  • Empty link (5)
  • Empty table header (2)
  • Redundant link (1)
  • Javascript jump menu (1)
  • Layout table (8)

History

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

  • Redundant link (1)

Reports

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

  • Redundant link (1)

Subject editor

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

  • Missing form label (2)
  • Empty table header (1)
  • Redundant link (1)