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Nineteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue is a comprehensive, closed collection and is no longer under active development. It was last updated in 2009. At the time, it was developed to meet existing accessibility standards. Automated 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. These pages include the homepage, the search page, search results page, information resources page, and help page. Findings of this testing are summarized below, along with information about how to make the most of NSTC’s accessibility features.
Accessibility features and gaps
Users of Nineteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue should be able to:
- navigate most of the website using just a keyboard.
- use access keys to quickly navigate to key sections of the site without using a mouse.
- listen to most of the website using a screen reader.
- resize text throughout the site to improve readability
- navigate most of the website using speech recognition software.
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.
- users cannot go directly to main content areas on the page using skip links.
- alternative text is missing for the decorative image carousel on the homepage.
- heading levels are skipped on some pages.
- some form labels are missing or not properly linked to their corresponding controls.
- color contrast of most links does not meet minimum standards.
If you have a disability and need to make your computer, tablet or other device easier to use, AbilityNet
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and Mozilla Firefox
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 navigation features
At the top of every page in the Nineteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue there is a list of links to the main functional areas of the site and context-sensitive Help, which opens in a new window.
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 Results page.
Using access keys
You can use access keys as part of keystroke combinations (keyboard shortcuts) to navigate quickly to important features in this site without using a mouse:
- 2=Search History
- 3=Marked List
- 5=Information Resources
- s=Site Map
- c=Terms and Conditions
- i=Accessibility statement
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 Nineteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue
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 NSTC. 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 Nineteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue on a small screen, you will need to scroll in multiple directions to see all content on the page.
Broken skip links
If you use a screen reader or keyboard to access the NSTC it may detect a “skip over navigation” link at the top of each page to bypass the sitewide navigation links, however these skip links do not function properly.
Headings are employed throughout the site to make it easier to navigate, especially with a screen reader. Even so, some heading levels are skipped on the homepage and the information resources page.
Missing form labels
If you're using a screen reader, you'll notice that some controls do not have corresponding labels. In these cases, even though labels will not be read to you automatically when focusing on the control, you will find text preceding these controls that describes their purpose.
On search results page, there is a check box next to each result entry, however there is no form label for this check box. You can use the check boxes to add/remove records from your Marked List.
Some of the links within this site do not adhere to current color contrast standards. We recommend using free add-ons offered for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox to improve contrast across the website. Note that there are a few cases where text is embedded within images, and this will not be enhanced by using plugins.
At ProQuest, accessibility standards are built into our design, style guides, and are included as part of requirements in our software development and quality assurance pipeline.
Nineteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue code was checked for accessibility automated checks with the WAVE (Web Accessibility Evaluation tool) provided by WebAIM. The homepage, the search page, search results page, information resources page, and help page were evaluated.
Nineteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue 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. Online: ProQuest Technical SupportPhone:
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Preparation of this accessibility statement
This accessibility statement was prepared on September 8, 2020. It was last reviewed on August 12, 2021. No updates have been made to this product.
The website was last tested on September 8, 2020. The test was carried out internally at ProQuest.