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Emerald Insights


This report reflects the findings of a high-level assessment of Emerald Insights 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 Emerald Insights, 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 biggest issue with the Emerald system is in the implementation of ARIA, and there are very few of these issues. Most of them seem to be related to the same elements and are persistent across the database. For an in-depth guide to ARIA implementation, please see the WAI-ARIA Authoring Best Practices Guide from W3.
  2. Contrast: Several color contrast issues were flagged by automatic analysis tools that should be further investigated. However, these may only be potentially a programmatic issue. Note that while not currently an issue with WCAG 2.1, WCAG 2.2 will have updated criteria surrounding keyboard focus and focus rings.
  3. Keyboard focus: While there are currently no issues with keyboard focus, it may be important to take a look at the WCAG 2.2 draft and prepare for upcoming changes.