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This assessment covers the Springer Nature application. All things considered, there are very few issues in this application, and the level of accessibility found throughout the assessed page is above what we normally would expect. The application has clearly been developed with accessibility in mind, and the use of ARIA provides a substantial boost to the experience, using a screen reader.

Top 3 Issues:

  1. Google Ads – The most common issues found throughout the pages relate to the Google Ads which, of course, are beyond Springer Nature’s control. These issues are reflected in both automated findings from Axe, and screen reader findings using NVDA.
  2. Inconsistent heading structure – Some of the page rely on multiple H1 elements to structure content, and this causes confusion for users who cannot see the screen. Reviewing the heading structure of the documents to use fewer level 1 headings and a better distribution across other levels of headings would help with navigation.
  3. Link text that are not meaningful – Link text of links in the application are not meaningful, even within their immediate context. This is especially true in the individual article pages. A different method to provide complementary information to links (such as the aria-label attribute) would be a better approach to providing the expected context.