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Accessibility statement for openathens.org

This statement applies to content published on openathens.org

How accessible is this website

We know some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible:

  • Some older PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software
  • We have issues with text colour contrast
  • We have some content issues

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

OpenAthens (a Jisc enterprise) is committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Slide Share

We use Slide Share on the site. We know there are some accessibility issues with these embedded players. You can click through to the Slide Share site where you can download a PDF of the presentation – but there are also accessibility issues with these auto-generated PDFs. We don’t have a suitable alternative and, as we don’t control the platform, are unable to make the changes required to improve it. Please let us know if you would like an accessible version of any of our presentations and we will send one through to you.

YouTube and Google Maps 

We embed YouTube videos and Google Maps on the site. We know there are accessibility issues with these features. We don’t have accessible alternatives and, as we don’t control the platform, are unable to make the changes required to improve them. Let us know if you would like an accessible version of any video we put live, or need accessible directions or location details and we will send them through to you.

Content

Some text and background combinations don’t have enough contrast. They don’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 (contrast – minimum).

Our older promotional links include adjacent links going to the same place, where a single link is needed. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (link purpose – in context).

Heading order doesn’t clearly reflect the structure of the page in some sections. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships).

We’re currently redeveloping our website and aim to have addressed all of these issues by the end of December 2020.

Issues with PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents don’t meet accessibility standards – for example, they may not be marked up so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value). Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish should meet accessibility standards.

Issues with images, video and audio

There is unnecessary or unhelpful alt text on some images. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). We are working to correct these.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Whenever new features are released they must meet WCAG 2.1 AA. We’re also committed to working on the issues above.

This statement was prepared on 30 July 2020.

Content modified from the GOV.UK accessibility statement – used through the Open Government Licence v3.0.


Accessibility statement for openathens.net

This statement applies to  openathens.net

How accessible is this website

This website is not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. We’re committed to fixing this by December 2020.


Accessibility statement for the OpenAthens products and VPAT documents

Learners and researchers’ products

The products are designed to be used by as many people as possible. You should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 300% without problems
  • navigate the product using just a keyboard
  • use the product using a screen reader

This statement applies to my.openathens.net

This product is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

We are committed to fixing these issues by March 2021.

This statement applies to login.openathens.net

This product is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

  • Local link destination doesn’t exist on ‘Problems signing in?’ link

We are committed to fixing this issue by July 2021.

This statement applies to register.openathens.net

Self-registration forms developed after June 2020 are partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

  • Use of third-party tool – re-CAPTCHA

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the accessibility issues we have identified and we believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when an opportunity to redevelop these self-registration forms arises.

Self-registration forms developed before June 2020 are not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. The non-compliances are listed below.

  • The products can not be navigated by keyboard alone
  • The products are not available for screen readers
  • We have issues with text colour contrast

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the accessibility issues we have identified and we believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when an opportunity to redevelop these self-registration forms arises.

This statement applies to wayfinder.openathens.net. 

This product is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

  • On the ‘Find my institution’ page the table of search results has two attributes that are not allowed on the element. These are set by the underlying framework used to build the application.

We are committed to fixing this issue by July 2021.

VPAT forms

The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is a template that many use to document how accessible products are for users with disabilities. We have evaluated the accessibility of our end-user facing products, and documented their conformance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, at level A and AA.

Library and publisher products

This statement applies to admin.openahens.net, reports.openathens.net, and sp.openathens.net 

These products are not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. The non-compliances are listed below:

  • The products cannot be navigated by keyboard alone
  • The products are not available for screen readers
  • There are issues with text colour contrast

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the accessibility issues we have identified, and we believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when an opportunity to redevelop these products arises. In the meantime, we are committed to making every new feature compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.


Raising accessibility issues

If you encounter an issue with one of our products, please let us know. Open a support ticket with any questions or issues or email contact@openathens.net