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De Gruyter


This report reflects the findings of a high-level assessment of De Gruyter for its conformance with the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 (WCAG 2.1). There are very few WCAG 2.1 compliance issues with the platform, and the few that are present are programmatic in nature and should be relatively easy to fix. However, creating an accessible platform is a constantly moving goalpost, so it is important to keep in mind that there are continual updates to the WCAG standards that may require more work in the future. Below are the most critical issues to focus on correcting to improve access for all potential users of the system.

Top 3 Issues:

  1. Compatibility: The only compliance issue that stands out is concerning the use of unique id’s. This is a relatively minor issue which is primarily programmatic and should not cause a serious problem with usability or accessibility. For an in-depth guide to ARIA implementation, please see the WAI-ARIA Authoring Best Practices Guide from W3.
  2. Information and Relationships: There is one potentially problematic issue with the form labels on the advanced search page. These are clearly present on the screen, yet the automatic analysis flagged them. Recommendation is to investigate further to make sure everything is working correctly.
  3. Color Contrast: While none of the colors used on the site seem to fall outside of acceptable contrast ratios, the lightest gray used for subheadings/text should be reviewed manually for accuracy. This might only be a limitation of the automatic analysis.