Making Your Journal Accessible
The University of Toronto Libraries strive to ensure our web spaces conform with Level AA standards, as per WCAG 2.0 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0) and AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) standards and timelines.
Journal Production Services hosted OJS platform provides all new journals with a basic accessible web template. Should the journal teams choose to implement design changes or customizations, it is their responsibility to ensure that their journal website remains accessible. It is of equal importance for journal editors to make sure that journal content (articles, issues, supplementary materials, media etc.) can be accessed and read by a variety of individuals using adaptive/assistive technologies.
Tips and Tools to Ensure Website and Content Accessibility
The below resources recommended by the U of T AODA Office can help you ensure that both the journal website and the articles can be accessed by visitors with disabilities and by readers using different types of web-enabled devices. Please note that no single tool can test for all accessibility issues.
Resources for the Journal Website:*
- Become familiar with the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines; see also the Quick Reference for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and the Stamford WCAG 2.0 Map (pdf document)
- Use an online web site checker like AChecker to uncover accessibility barriers
- Install the WAVE accessibility evaluation tool as a Chrome or Firefox Extension or visit the WAVE website for quick and regular checking
- Use WebAim's Contrast Checker, Contrast Ratio Checker or the Colour Contrast Analyser to make sure your colour ratio is satisfactory
- Use a screen reader like ChromeVox (free), NVDA (free) or JAWS to ensure a low vision or blind person can navigate your site
- Review the website using your only your keyboard to test its navigability. Use WebAIMs Keyboard Testing tips to guide you.
- Engage a person with a disability for a hands-on experience
Resources for the Published Content:
- AccessAbility: A Practical Handbook on Accessible Graphic Design, RGD Ontario (pdf document)
- Using Microsoft Word Accessibility Checker (video tutorials)
- Using the Acrobat X Pro Accessibility Checker (pdf Document)
- Create & verify PDF accessibility (Acrobat DC Pro)
*Adapted from the U of T AODA Office website.