Pros: LibGuides Public facing pages meet accessibility standards
- Content creators have the option to add accessible content
- Public page elements have been designed to include text links, link titles, and “alt” tags.
- Meaningful images have alt- text descriptions. Non-relevant images have no alt-text
- LibGuides does not use color alone to distinguish the importance of a visual element
- Users and screen readers can read and understand public pages in LibGuides with the style sheets disabled
- All form elements are labeled as appropriate
- Public pages do not contain any applets, Flash elements or similar components that require external plug-ins.
- Blind and visually impaired users can access LibGuides with the addition of assistive technology
- The public interface supports basic navigation controls via a keyboard, mouse, or equivalent hardware or software
Cons: LibGuides Administrative Interface does not meet accessibility standards
- Due to the complexity of the administrative interface it may not be possible to access all elements via keyboard only controls.
- There are elements on the administrative side without descriptive information so information on user interface elements including the identity, operation and state of the element may not be available to Assistive Technology.
- Because of the complex nature of the administrative interface, users and screen readers cannot read and understand the administrative pages in LibGuides if the styles sheets are disabled.
- Text-only alternative pages have not been created for the administrative interface at this time.
Information provided by script should be identified with functional text that can be read by Assistive Technology. There may be
aspects of the administrative interface that are not in compliance.
It is great that the Public facing pages are accessible, however the fact that the administrative side has accessibility issues is of concern. Besides wanting to provide faculty, librarians and staff with an administrative interface that is accessible, students also create OER content, so these accessibility issues effects students and student learning.
- Update the administrative interface so that it is in compliance
- Require users to add accessible content
- When adding an image make "alt-text" information required
- Remind users when adding content to make it accessible
- When they attach a pdf or word document put a reminder to make sure it is accessible