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This report reflects the findings of a high-level assessment of the Springer Nature platform for its conformance with the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 (WCAG 2.1). 

There were no WCAG 2.1 AA compliance issues with Springer Nature, however there are problems with the PDF content of the site. The following issues are the most important to address to improve system compliance. 

Top 3 Issues:

  1. PDF Content: The prevalent problem with the accessibility of Springer Nature resources are issues with the PDF content. This is a complex topic that requires specific attention to the structure and content of a given PDF. For a checklist of requirements and how to test PDF content, please refer to the SSA Section 508 Checklist for PDFs.
  2. Focus Appearance: While not a violation, there is an opportunity to enhance the usability of the site for users with visual impairments by improving the focus appearance when navigating by keyboard. The current focus indicator is a thick yellow ring, which works well against dark backgrounds, but when the focus indicator appears over white backgrounds, there is very low contrast which can be difficult for users with visual impairments.
  3. Best Practices: Pay attention to best practices when creating web content. The content on the individual results page should have at least one main landmark.