This report reflects the findings of a high-level assessment of Reaxys for its conformance with the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 (WCAG 2.1).
This report shows that Reaxys does have some issues with WCAG 2.1 compliance, especially concerning screen reader support and ARIA implementation, as well as, minor concerns with color contrast that can be corrected by slightly tweaking colors. Although there were other issues uncovered that spread throughout the system, evaluation time limitations prevented full investigation into every issue returned in the analysis. Therefore, these 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 most problematic issue with the current system is concerning the implementation of ARIA, a complex topic and important concern for screen reader support. For further information on best practices when it comes to ARIA implementation, please see the WAI-ARIA Authoring Best Practices Guide from W3.

  2. Contrast: Several color contrast issues were identified, particularly regarding small text and icons. Additionally, the analysis revealed several points of non-compliance with keyboard focus being conveyed using only color.

  3. Screen reader support: While the screen reader does “work” there are several problems with implementation. e.g., the logical flow of information is broken, important information is not announced, elements are missing accessible text. Although this analysis was unable to perform an in-depth study of screen reader support, it is clear that the user experience for users that require the use of a screen reader is not equivalent and should be evaluated further.