Accessibility roadmap for Goldsmiths Research Online

This page details all of the known accessibility issues affecting Goldsmiths 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 Goldsmiths Research Online with an explanation of what they mean.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 link: Adjacent links go to the same location. This creates additional navigation and repetition for those using keyboard and screen readers.
  • Select missing label: A select element may not have an associated label. This means that its purpose might not be clear to those using screen readers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very small text: Text is very small. This may make reading text on this page difficult for users, particular those with low vision.
  • Redundant title text: The title attribute is the same as text or alternative text.
  • 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 in troduce reading and navigation order issues especially for those using 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.
  • Broken ARIA reference: No target is set for ARIA references, this means that the description will not be presented.
  • 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.
  • Empty table header: A table header contains no text. This may result in cells with missing or incorrect header information.
  • 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.

All pages

The following accessibility issues are known to affect all pages on Goldsmiths Research Online:

  • Very low contrast

Publicly accessible pages

Homepage

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the homepage:

  • Missing alternative text (9)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (9)
  • Suspicious link text (1)
  • Redundant link (3)

Item detail

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

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (2)
  • Select missing label (1)
  • Possible table caption (1)
  • Link to PDF document (3)
  • Very small text (1)
  • Redundant title text (1)
  • Layout table (3)

Deposit workflow - upload

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

  • Missing form label (2)
  • Layout table (1)

Deposit workflow - citation

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

  • Missing form label (3)

Search

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

  • Suspicious link text (1)

Advanced Search

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

  • Suspicious link text (1)

Profile

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

  • Suspicious link text (1)
  • Layout table (3)

Pages for repository administrators

Review

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

  • Broken ARIA reference (4)

IR stats

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

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (3)
  • Missing form label (6)
  • Empty link (2)
  • Empty table header (1)
  • Very small text (78)
  • Layout table (7)
  • Javascript jump menu (1)

Subject editor

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

  • Missing form label (2)
  • Empty table header (1)
  • Select missing label (1)