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.

  • Missing alternative text:There is no alternative text given for an image included in the page. This means that those using screen readers will not be able to access this content.
  • Linked image missing alternative text: There is no alternative text given for an image that is linked to from this page. This means that a screen reader has no content to present to the user regarding the function of a link.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very small text: Text is very small. This may make reading text on this page difficult for users, particular those with low vision.
  • 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 screen readers.
  • 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.
  • Broken ARIA reference: No target is set for ARIA references, this means that the description will not be presented.

Publicly accessible pages

Homepage

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the homepage:

  • Empty heading (1)
  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Redundant link (5)
  • Underlined text (9)

About

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

  • Skipped heading level (1)
  • Redundant link (1)
  • Underlined text (6)

Browse

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the browse items page:

  • Redundant link (1)

Item details

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

  • Missing alternative text (3)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (5)
  • Missing form label (1)
  • Redundant alternative text (1)
  • Redundant link (2)
  • Link to PDF document (2)
  • Redundant title text (1)
  • Layout table (2)

Deposit workflow - type

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

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Redundant link (1)

Deposit workflow - upload

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

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Missing form label (2)
  • Redundant link (1)
  • Layout table (1)

Deposit workflow - details

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

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Missing form label (4)
  • Redundant link (1)

Deposit workflow - subject

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

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Broken ARIA reference (1)
  • Redundant link (1)

Deposit workflow - deposit

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

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Redundant link (1)

Search

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the simple search page:

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Redundant link (1)

Advanced search

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the advanced search page:

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Redundant link (1)
  • Underlined text (1)

Login

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

  • Redundant link (1)

Profile

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

  • Missing alternative text (2)
  • Suspicious link text (1)
  • Redundant link (1)
  • Layout table (3)

Pages for repository administrators

Manage deposits

The following accessibility issues are known to affect the manage deposits page:

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Nearby image has same alternative text (19)
  • Redundant link (1)

Review

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

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Broken ARIA reference (3)
  • Nearby image has same alternative text (10)
  • Redundant link (1)

Admin

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

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Redundant link (1)

IR stats

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

  • Missing alternative text (3)
  • Linked image missing alternative text (3)
  • Missing form label (6)
  • Empty link (2)
  • Empty table header (2)
  • Suspicious link text (1)
  • Redundant link (1)
  • Javascript jump menu (1)
  • Layout table (9)

Reports

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

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Redundant link (1)

Subject editor

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

  • Missing alternative text (1)
  • Missing form label (2)
  • Empty table header (1)
  • Redundant link (1)