Cambridge Core


***Below is a summary of UARC's accessibility evaluation. For the full report, click the pdf link in the menu on the right.*** 

MSU Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (UARC) conducted a high-level accessibility evaluation of Cambridge Core to evaluate its conformance with WCAG 2.0 AA Criteria. This evaluation did not include all functionality or content of the site or all WCAG 2.0 AA Criteria.

During this evaluation, a number of issues were found that will make the site difficult or impossible to use for some individuals with disabilities.

Critically, PDF documents cannot be effectively used by screen reader users. PDF files are untagged and contain no text that can be used by assistive technologies (other than the automatically generated footer legal text, "Downloaded from https:/ Michigan State University Libraries, on...") and alternative text is not provided for any images. As a result, individuals with visual impairments and other disabilities cannot use PDF documents provided by the system.

Keyboard users, including screen reader users, will not be able to use a considerable portion of content on the Cambridge Core website. Significant content cannot be accessed with the keyboard alone, preventing users with severe dexterity impairments and users who rely on screen readers (including users with severe visual impairments) from having access. For those elements that can be reached by keyboard, many lack a sufficiently visible focus indicator, making it difficult or impossible for many keyboard-only users to effectively use them, as they cannot determine when they have reached the correct element.

A number of other issues were found that will make it difficult for users with a variety of disabilities from effectively using the system, including missing or incorrect alternative text, incorrect use of headings, content not being read out by screen readers, missing form labels, input errors not programmatically associated with inputs, images of text being used instead of styled text, insufficient color contrast, and incorrectly coded custom elements.

To improve access for users with disabilities, UARC recommends a full WCAG 2.0 AA evaluation of Cambridge Core and that the problems discovered be remediated.