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Queen Victoria's Journals is a comprehensive, closed collection and is no longer under active development. It was last updated in 2013. At the time, it was developed to meet existing accessibility standards. Automated and manual testing has been conducted on the core pages of this site to uncover accessibility gaps against the current WCAG 2.1 A and AA accessibility standards. Findings of this testing are summarized below, along with information about how to make the most of Queen Victoria's Journals' accessibility features.
Accessibility features and gaps
Users of Queen Victoria's Journals should be able to:
- navigate search results and journal pages on the website using just a keyboard or screen reader.
- go directly to main content areas on the page using skip links.
- use access keys to quickly navigate to key sections of the site without using a mouse.
- go directly to main content areas on the page using skip links
- access the navigation and Quick Search option on every page
There may be some parts of this website that are not fully accessible:
- this site has a fixed width: text and elements will not reflow to accommodate screen size.
- the timeline and browse journal pages are not accessible with keyboard only navigation or a screen reader.
- alternative text is missing for image-based controls and journal page thumbnails.
- some form labels are missing or not properly linked to their corresponding controls.
- there are a small number of places where text doesn't have sufficient color contrast with the background.
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Technical Information about this site's accessibility
This site has been reviewed in accordance with:
- Level A and Level AA of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1)
- Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act for features and functions.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
Compliance level and report
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines v2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.
Accessibility of this platform
Sitewide Accessibility Features
At the top of every page in Queen Victoria's Journals there is a list of links to the main functional areas of the site. You can use the Quick Search box, located at the top of every page, to quickly search all of the content in Queen Victoria's Journals.
In addition, navigation options relevant to a particular page appear at the start of the content area, immediately following the main page heading e.g. Modify Search link on the Search Results page.
If you use a screen reader or keyboard to access Queen Victoria's Journals you can bypass the sitewide navigation links using the "skip over navigation" link at the top of each page or the relevant access key (see Using Access Keys section below). This link is usually hidden from view but can be displayed on screen using the TAB key.
Using Access Keys
You can use access keys as part of keystroke combinations (keyboard shortcuts), making it possible to quickly navigate to important features in this site without using a mouse:
- 0 = Accessibility Statement
- 1 = Home Page
- 2 = Skip navigation
- 3 = Site map
- 4 = Quick search box on the current page
- 6 = Help (opens in a new window)
Please note that access keys work slightly differently across browsers and operating systems:
- Firefox: Hold the ALT and SHIFT keys down before pressing the relevant access keys.
- Chrome: Hold ALT and press the relevant access key.
- Additionally, Mac users should hold down the Ctrl while following the instructions above.
Note: access keys may not be available to users of some screen reader software where they conflict with reserved keystroke combinations (e.g. Window Eyes).
Pop ups in Queen Victoria's Journals
This site makes use of pop-ups to provide some types of content. For example, the help opens in a pop-up so you can easily switch between reading the help and looking at the site. Pop-ups are not used for advertising on this site, they only include site content.
If you have a browser pop-up blocker activated, you will need to disable it for full access to the content in Queen Victoria's Journals. Alternatively, most pop-up blockers can be configured to allow pop-ups for sites you select while still blocking pop-ups from other sites. Please refer to your browser help for details on how to disable your pop-up blocker or allow pop-ups for this site.
Site is not responsive
This site was designed for use by laptop and desktop computers and is not optimized for small screens. Text and elements will not reflow to accommodate screen size and if you use Queen Victoria's Journals on a small screen, you will need to scroll in multiple directions to see all content on the page.
Keyboard and screen reader navigation
The search, results, and journal pages are navigable by keyboard. If you are using a screen reader, you you may find it useful on journal pages to navigate by page headings to skip over the scanned images and quickly reach the "Transcription" section (which is a heading level 3).
There are several areas of the site that are not accessible with keyboard or screen reader navigation. These areas include:
Missing alternative text
Alternative text is missing on images several places:
- On the homepage, there are image-based controls that control a carousel of featured essays, and these controls do not have alt text.
- Note that you can use a keyboard to tab through all of these essays, even though the controls do not have accessible labels.
- On the journal pages, the controls for manipulating the image (zoom, pan, etc.) are image-based controls without alt text.
- The browsable thumbnails on the journal pages do not have alt text.
- On the "Further Details" section of the journal pages, the search icon next to the "Place of Writing" field is missing alt text.
Most form elements throughout the product are given accessible labels with the following exceptions:
- The search button on the quick search feature.
- On the Search page, the "Entries with illustrations only" checkbox is not given an accessible label, though there is a text description just after this checkbox that describes it.
Most text within the interface has sufficient contrast with the background. In the rare case that you have a browser that does not support color gradients, or if you have disabled gradients, some headings on the homepage will not meet minimum color contrast standards.
On the timeline page, the year text on the timeline navigation bar does not have enough contrast with the background.
Queen Victoria's Journals' code was checked for accessibility using automated and manual checks:
- Color Contrast Analyzer provided by WebAIM
- Manual testing and assessment
- WAVE (Web Accessibility Evaluation tool) provided by WebAIM
- NVDA Screen Reader for Windows
- ChromeVox Screen Reader for Windows
Queen Victoria's Journals was tested on the latest version of Chrome on a Windows computer.
Support and feedback
If you have difficulty accessing specific ProQuest content or features with adaptive technology after trying the workarounds suggested in this statement, you can contact us using the links provided below. Our support services will respond within three days and are available to accommodate the communication needs of end users with disabilities. We will work with you to identify the best option for remediation, subject to content licensing restrictions and technical capability.
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Preparation of this accessibility statement
This accessibility statement was prepared on September 12, 2020. It was last reviewed on September 12, 2020.
The website was last tested on September 12, 2020. The test was carried out internally at ProQuest.