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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:  There may be some parts of this website that are not fully accessible: 
If you have a disability and need to make your computer, tablet or other device easier to use, AbilityNet is a recommended resource. We also recommend browsing free add-ons offered for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Technical Information about this site's accessibility 

This site has been reviewed in accordance with: 

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. 

At the foot of every page you will find a list of links to sitewide information, including Feedback, Privacy Policy, Accessibility, Site Map and context-sensitive Help, which opens in a new window. 

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:  Please note that access keys work slightly differently across browsers and operating systems: 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. 

Accessibility Gaps 

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: 

Missing labels 

Most form elements throughout the product are given accessible labels with the following exceptions: 

Color contrast 

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. 

Accessibility Testing 

Queen Victoria's Journals' code was checked for accessibility using automated and manual checks:  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. 

Online: ProQuest Technical Support

United States & Canada (toll free):
+1 800 889 3358

Outside North America:
+800 4997 4111 or +1 734-707-2513

Preparation of this accessibility statement 

This accessibility statement was prepared on September 12, 2020. It was last reviewed on August 12, 2021. No updates have been made to this product. 

The website was last tested on September 12, 2020. The test was carried out internally at ProQuest.