Taylor & Francis e-Journal

Summary

***Below is a summary of UARC's accessibility evaluation. For the full report, click the pdf link in the menu on the right.*** 

MSU Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (MSU UARC) conducted a high-level accessibility evaluation of Taylor & Francis to evaluate its conformance with WCAG 2.0 AA Criteria. This evaluation did not include all functionality or content of the site or all WCAG 2.0 AA Criteria.

During this evaluation, a number of issues were found that will make the site and its content difficult or impossible to use for some individuals with disabilities.

Critically, auto-updating visual content cannot be paused, stopped, or hidden. Individuals with cognitive impairments may be significantly distracted by this content, and be unable to effectively use the pages as a result.

Keyboard users, including screen reader users, will have difficulties when attempting to use the site. Most importantly, some content cannot be reached or operated via keyboard. In addition, many interactive elements lack a sufficiently visible focus indicator, making it difficult or impossible for many keyboard-only users to effectively use them, as they cannot determine when they have reached the correct element. Non-interactive and off-screen content also receives focus and focus order is inappropriate in some places. This makes the site difficult to use for users with severe dexterity impairments and users who rely on screen readers (including users with severe visual impairments).

Individuals with visual impairments that rely on screen readers will have additional problems. Custom elements do not correctly announce themselves or provide feedback to screen readers, making them difficult to understand and use. Some form inputs are not appropriately labeled, making them difficult or impossible to use for those that rely on screen readers. Images throughout the site have incorrect or inappropriate alternative text and images of text are used in place of styled text, further impacting users with visual impairments. Some content that is grouped together visually is not labeled or grouped programmatically, making it difficult or impossible for screen reader users to understand the relationships between those pieces of content. Some structural information, including headings and lists on pages and tables in PDFs, is also not appropriately conveyed to screen reader users, making it difficult to understand content organization. Additionally, some content is read out that is not visible on screen.

A number of other issues were found that will make it difficult for users with a variety of disabilities from effectively using the system, including missing PDF titles and insufficient color contrast.

To improve access for users with disabilities, UARC recommends a full WCAG 2.0 AA evaluation and that the problems discovered be remediated.