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Accessibility

Accessibility

We want everyone who visits Author Hub to feel welcome and find the experience rewarding.


What are we doing?

We are continually working to make Author Hub as accessible and usable as possible. To help us make it a positive place for everyone, we've been using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, and user friendly for everyone.

The guidelines have three levels of accessibility (A, AA and AAA). The target for Author Hub is level AA.



Available functionality

The following is a summary of currently available functionality:

Page structure

  • Unique, descriptive page titles are present on every page
  • Logical heading structure is used – all pages have unique heading 1 followed by descriptive heading 2 and so on
  • Lists are used where possible (e.g. navigation)
  • Tables are used for tabular data only, tags used for header rows and header columns
  • The reading and navigation order is logical and intuitive
  • Instructions do not rely on shape, size, colour, sound, etc.
  • Skip to content link(s) are present
  • Text is re-sizable without loss of content (text reflows)

Colour contrast

  • Colour alone is not used to convey content (e.g. colour coding)
  • Colour contrast ratio (foreground vs. background) is at least 4.5:1

Images

  • All images have a valid alt attribute (decorative images have alt value of null)
  • Linked images have an alt attribute that describes the destination page
  • Button images have an alt attribute that describes the function of the button

Audio and video

  • Subtitles and transcript/descriptive text is provided for audio/video *
  • Audio description is provided for video *
  • Audio can be stopped, paused and muted
  • All controls are accessible via keyboard

Moving Content

  • The user can switch off any time-limits
  • Automatically moving, scrolling or updating content can be paused, stopped or hidden by the user
  • No content flashes more than 3 times per second

Forms

  • Buttons have descriptive values
  • All form fields have associated text labels
  • Related form elements are grouped with field set/legend
  • All form labels are unique and informative
  • The form label provides instructions e.g. if required, minimum length, etc.
  • Form error/validation messages are clear and intuitive, providing instructions and suggestions

Links

  • Link text is unique and makes sense out of context
  • Multiple ways to navigate through the site - navigation, sitemap, crumb trail, search, etc.
  • Links are distinguished from surrounding text - e.g. underlined, bold, etc.
  • Highlighted state of links - active, hover, focus

Keyboard access

  • All functionality is available via keyboard - e.g. forms, tabbing through the links, etc.
  • Access keys / keyboard shortcuts are better avoided (due to compatibility issues)
  • Keyboard focus is never locked or trapped
  • It is visually apparent which element has the current keyboard focus

Predictable

  • No unexpected changes to the page, e.g. on focus or interactions or auto-updates
  • Consistent elements throughout sites, e.g. navigation, search boxes, general layout etc.

Mark-up

  • Lang attribute is set
  • Page content in a different language is identified
  • Significant HTML validation/parsing errors are avoided
  • Mark-up facilitates accessibility including HTML specifications and using forms, form labels, frame titles, etc. appropriately. Use of WAI-ARIA for dynamic content changes, roles and keyboard access

*currently under review



Requests for the Reading Impaired

Cambridge University Press now publishes the majority of its new titles, and many older titles, in accessible ebook formats either for individual purchase or on platforms suitable for institutions. Where a work is unavailable for purchase in a suitable format, we welcome enquiries from both individuals and institutions to provide one. More information and the Accessibility Request Form can be found here.




Using Author Hub


Magnification

CTRL + can be used to magnify the text. The text will reflow to fit the page. In-built browser zoom function can also be used ( - 100% +).

Text and background colours

In-built browser functions can be used to adjust both text and background colours. Different browsers include these options under different menus – they can usually be found under Tools, Settings, Options, Content or Reading View depending on the browser.
Browser plugins (e.g. Theme Font & Size Changer for FireFox) or third party tools (e.g. ATbar) can also be helpful.


Text to speech

Text to speech has been tested on Author Hub with a range of browser plugins and third party tools, e.g. ClaroRead for Chrome browser. Selected text will be read out by clicking the play button. Various settings (e.g. speed of reading, voice, accent, etc.) can easily be adjusted.


PDF downloads

To view or download content in PDF format you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which may be downloaded from the Adobe website.




Compatible tools

We have tested our platform with the following assistive technology tools:

  • Keyboard only
  • NVDA Screen reader
  • JAWS
  • VoiceOver
  • Adobe Read Out Loud
  • Various Text-to-speech software


Browser support

Author Hub has been cross-platform and cross-browser tested. It is optimised for modern browsers including Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome. Older browsers may offer limited functionality.



Mobile device support

Author Hub is responsive, it re-organises itself depending on the screen size and orientation of the device being used to view it. We test the experience on various devices including most popular IOS, Android and MS Windows phones and tablets.




Let us know what you think

If you enjoyed using Author Hub, or if you had trouble with any part of it, please get in touch. We'd like to hear from you in any of the following ways: