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World Newspaper Archive


This report shows that the Readex World Newspaper Archive is mostly in compliance with the WCAG 2.1 guidelines, but does have some issues, particularly around page structure and programmatic landmarks that are essential for the proper function of assistive technologies such as screen readers. These findings significantly impact the accessibility of this database for users that require the use of assistive technologies, preventing them from using the system either partially or altogether. These are the most critical issues to focus on correcting to improve access for all potential users of the system.

Top 3 Issues:

  1. Non-Text Content: The individual documents within the document viewer on the item page are not screen readable, preventing users that require the use of screen readers from being able to access these resources at all.
  2. Name, Role, Value Compatibility: Several issues were found on each page surrounding ARIA landmarks and screen reader compatibility and accuracy. These structural issues can make it very difficult for users that require assistive technologies to interpret the site in a logical order.
  3. Predictability On Input: The function of some elements in the document viewer navigation panel are visually unclear.