Updated 26th May 2021
Our commitment to accessibility
In line with these goals, we follow the general principles of web usability and universal design and, where feasible, endeavor to make the Oxford Handbooks Online site (OHO) accessible to all regardless of physical or cognitive impairment or the device used. We are currently targeting adherence to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1), in order to help our users take full advantage of the accessibility features provided by their chosen device, web browser or operating system.
A programme of improvement
OHO complies with applicable law relating to accessibility (including with the obligations under The Equality Act 2010) and much of OHO is already accessible in accordance with WCAG 2.1. We are making ongoing improvements, however, and to accomplish these, we have a committed investment and development programme to deliver improved accessibility compliance over the coming months and beyond.
Areas currently identified for improvement include:
- Improve use of headings to correctly organise content
- Improve use of lists to correctly organise content
- Fully support keyboard operability
- Properly structure site focus
- Increase visibility of focused elements
- Improve how elements are read out by screen readers
- Improve our provision of alt text
- Improve the usability of dynamic content such as dropdowns and filters for screen readers
- Ensure all form fields labels are meaningful
- Correct or remove invisible links
- Add captions to tables where they are missing
Since commencing this programme we have delivered the following improvements:
- The My Content and My Searches menus are now fully usable with a keyboard, and have ARIA attributes added so that the menus are better interpreted by screenreaders.
- The 'Search your Library's Resources' section of the subscriber login panel can now be used with a keyboard.
- The expand and collapse options in the Table of Contents are now accessible for keyboard users.
- The expand and collapse options on the “Abstract and Keywords” feature is now accessible for keyboard users.
- The expand and collapse options on the “Find this Resource” feature are now accessible for keyboard users.
- Added alt text to the ‘Find This Resource’ icons.
- Visibility of focused elements when using a keyboard to navigate has been improved.
- All “view larger” image links are now reachable with a keyboard and will open in a new tab
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)
We have commissioned independent VPAT assessment reports to help us better understand how we can improve accessibility on OHO in line with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (US). Please download our latest assessment below. As we develop and improve our accessibility offering, we will provide updated VPATs on this page.
Requesting accessible copies of our publications