This report reflects the findings of a high-level assessment of Taylor & Francis Journals platform 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 the platform, 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
- Links and Buttons: Several issues were identified in the test pages that will require attention. Note: links and buttons perform different functions for a page. Links are navigational elements that take users to and from different pages or sections of the page, therefore they need to have role=”link” to inform the user that they will be moved to a different place. Buttons perform actions on a page, such as revealing and hiding content and should have the role=”button” so the user knows what to expect.
- Color Contrast: There were no contrast violations against the background, however in-text links must meet a 3:1 contrast with the surrounding text. Suggested solution is to not style the link. If the theme requires a style for a link, ensure it has sufficient contrast from the body text color.
- Keyboard Focus: While there are very few issues with the pages that were reviewed as part of this analysis, we suggest your attention to the keyboard focus ring as WCAG 2.2 will have specific requirements for this in the future.