Accessibility roadmap for Middlesex University Research Repository

This page details all of the known accessibility issues affecting Middlesex University Research Repository, 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 Middlesex University Research Repository 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.
  • Redundant link: Adjacent links go to the same location. This creates additional navigation and repetition for those using keyboard and screen readers.
  • Tabindex: A positive tabindex value is present. These alter the natural tab order, which may cause confusion and decrease keyboard accessibility.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Broken same-page link: A link to another location within the page is present but does not have a corresponding target. This means it will not assist users with navigation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Orphaned form label: A form label exists but is not correctly associated with a form control. This may cause confusion for those using screen readers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Empty table header: A table header contains no text. This may result in cells with missing or incorrect header information.

Publicly accessible pages

Homepage

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the homepage:

  • Very low contrast (8)
  • Redundant link (3)
  • Tabindex (2)
  • Layout table (2)

About

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

  • Missing alternative text (2)
  • Very low contrast (4)
  • Broken same-page link (12)
  • Suspicious link text (1)
  • Layout table (1)

Browse

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

  • Very low contrast (4)
  • Layout table (1)

Item details

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

  • Very low contrast (5)
  • Possible table caption (1)
  • Redundant link (1)
  • Link to PDF document (2)
  • Very small text (1)
  • Redundant title text (1)
  • Layout table (3)

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)
  • Very low contrast (4)
  • Layout table (1)

Deposit workflow - details

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

  • Missing alternative text (3)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (1)
  • Missing form label (6)
  • Very low contrast (5)
  • Layout table (2)

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)
  • Very low contrast (4)
  • Redundant link (1)
  • Layout table (1)

Search

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

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (1)
  • Very low contrast (4)
  • Suspicious link text (1)
  • Layout table (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)
  • Very low contrast (4)
  • Layout table (1)

Login

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

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

Profile

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

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (1)
  • Missing form label (4)
  • Very low contrast (4)
  • Layout table (1)

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 (2)
  • Very low contrast (4)
  • Orphaned form label (1)
  • Layout table (1)

Review

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

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (1)
  • Broken ARIA reference (3)
  • Very low contrast (4)
  • Layout table (1)

Admin

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

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (1)
  • Very low contrast (4)
  • Layout table (1)

IR stats

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

  • Missing alternative text (3)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (4)
  • Missing form label (6)
  • Empty link (2)
  • Empty table header (1)
  • Very low contrast (4)
  • Javascript jump menu (1)
  • Very small text (60)
  • Layout table (10)

Reports

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

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (1)
  • Very low contrast (4)
  • Very small text (1)
  • Layout table (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 (2)
  • Empty table header (1)
  • Very low contrast (4)
  • Layout table (1)