e-space
Manchester Metropolitan University's Research Repository

Accessibility roadmap for e-space

This page details all of the known accessibility issues affecting e-space, the method that was used to find issues, and the plans in place to fix them.


Plans for fixing known accessibility issues

All of the issues that have been highlighted in this review will be fixed in a planned upgrade to this repository


Method for testing accessibility

This repository was tested using WAVE's web accessibility tool. This tool returns a comprehensive list of features that may limit the ability of users to access a website, especially those using assistive technology such as screen readers. We ran this tool on a version of the repository without branding customisation, covering the pages that users most frequently interact with.


Known accessibility issues, listed by page

These issues are listed by page. Pages that are publicly accessible are listed first, and those for repository administrators can be found lower down. The number in brackets following the description represents the number of instances of that issue on the page. Below is a list of all the accessibility issues known to affect e-space with an explanation of what they mean.

  • Empty heading: A heading contains no value. This may cause confusion and difficulty with navigation.
  • Empty link: A link does not contain any explanatory text. This means that the purpose of the link is not presented to the user, which may cause confusion for those using screen readers.
  • Empty table header: A table header contains no text. This may result in cells with missing or incorrect header information.
  • Select missing label: A select element may not have an associated label. This means that its purpose might not be clear to those using screen readers.
  • Image with title: An image has a title attribute but no alternative text value. Though this should describe the image for those using screen readers, alternative text should be used in most cases.
  • Skipped heading level: A heading level is skipped. This may cause confusion or difficulty for those using keyboard navigation or screen readers.
  • Layout table: Layout tables are being used to position content visually, for example, to create columns or align content neatly for sighted users. These can introduce reading and navigation order issues especially for those using screenreaders.
  • Missing form label: A form control does not have a properly associated text label. This means that the function of the form control may not be presented to those using screen readers. The lack of visible description may also make the page harder to navigate for all users.
  • Broken ARIA reference: No target is set for ARIA references, this means that the description will not be presented.
  • Suspicious link text: A link contains extraneous text or may not make sense out of context. This may cause confusion about the purpose of the link.
  • Javascript jump menu: A javascript jump menu is a select element that triggers a new web page with the onchange event handler. This may cause difficulty for users navigating the page with a keyboard as the page will change with each change in the select menu.

Publicly accessible pages

Homepage

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the homepage:

  • Empty heading (1)

About

There are no accessibility issues known to affect the about page.


Browse

There are no accessibility issues known to affect the browse items page.


Item details

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the item details page:

  • Empty link (1)
  • Empty table header (3)
  • Select missing label (1)
  • Image with title (2)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Layout table (2)

Deposit workflow - type

There are no accessibility issues known to affect the 'type' stage of the deposit workflow.


Deposit workflow - upload

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the 'upload' stage of the deposit workflow:

  • Missing form label (2)
  • Layout table (1)

Deposit workflow - details

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the 'details' stage of the deposit workflow:

  • Missing form label (4)

Deposit workflow - subject

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the 'subjects' stage of the deposit workflow:

  • Broken ARIA reference (1)

Deposit workflow - deposit

There are no accessibility issues known to affect the 'deposit' stage of the deposit workflow.


Search

There are no accessibility issues known to affect the simple search page.


Advanced search

There are no accessibility issues known to affect the advanced search page.


Login

There are no accessibility issues known to affect the user login page.


Profile

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the user profile page:

  • Suspicious link text (1)
  • Layout table (3)

Pages for repository administrators

Manage deposits

There are no accessibility issues known to affect the manage deposits page.


Review

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the review page:

  • Broken ARIA reference (3)

Admin

There are no accessibility issues known to affect the admin page.


IR stats

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the IR stats reports page:

  • Missing form label (1)
  • Empty table header (4)
  • Select missing label (5)
  • Image with title (3)
  • Javascript jump menu (1)
  • Layout table (7)

Reports

There are no accessibility issues known to affect the reports page.


Subject editor

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the subject editor:

  • Missing form label (1)
  • Empty table header (1)
  • Select missing label (1)