Accessibility roadmap for RCM Research Online

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

  • Document language missing: The language that the document is written in is not declared. This may cause issues with screen readers and with automatic translation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Empty heading: A heading contains no value. This may cause confusion and difficulty with navigation.
  • Empty button: A button is empty or has no value text. This means the function is not clear to those using screen readers.
  • 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.
  • Skipped heading level: A heading level is skipped. This may cause confusion or difficulty for those using keyboard navigation or 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.
  • 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 introduce reading and navigation order issues especially for those using screen readers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Publicly accessible pages

Homepage

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the homepage:

  • Empty heading (1)
  • Very low contrast (19)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Redundant link (1)

About

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

  • Very low contrast (12)
  • Redundant link (1)
  • Link to PDF document (4)

Browse

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

  • Very low contrast (10)
  • Redundant link (1)

Summary page

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

  • Very low contrast (19)
  • Redundant link (1)
  • Layout table (3)

Item detail

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

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Very low contrast (196)
  • Select missing label (1)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Suspicious link text (1)
  • Redundant link (1)
  • Layout table (1)

Deposit workflow - item type

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

  • Very low contrast (18)
  • Redundant link (1)

Deposit workflow - upload

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

  • Missing alternative text (4)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (9)
  • Missing form label (3)
  • Broken ARIA reference (18)
  • Very low contrast (21)
  • Redundant link (8)
  • Layout table (10)

Deposit workflow - details

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

  • Very low contrast (23)
  • 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 (19)
  • Redundant link (1)

Deposit workflow - deposit

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

  • Very low contrast (17)
  • Redundant link (1)

Search

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

  • Very low contrast (14)
  • Redundant link (1)

Advanced search

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

  • Very low contrast (15)
  • Redundant link (1)

Login

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

  • Missing form label (2)
  • Very low contrast (6)
  • Redundant link (1)
  • Tabindex (4)

Manage deposits

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

  • Very low contrast (23)
  • Redundant link (1)

Review

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

  • Broken ARIA reference (3)
  • Very low contrast (20)
  • Redundant link (2)

Admin

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

  • Very low contrast (16)
  • Redundant link (1)

IR stats

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

  • Missing form label (1)
  • Empty link (3)
  • Empty table header (4)
  • Very low contrast (27)
  • Select missing label (5)
  • Redundant link (1)
  • Javascript jump menu (1)
  • Very small text (2)
  • Layout table (9)

Reports

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

  • Very low contrast (39)
  • Redundant link (1)

Subject editor

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

  • Missing form label (1)
  • Empty table header (1)
  • Very low contrast (17)
  • Select missing label (1)
  • Redundant link (1)