Portico is principally a dark archive providing assurance of preservation and, not being a primary method of access to content, may not meet the same accessibility standards as a platform focused on content delivery such as JSTOR.
While we have not yet implemented accessibility measures sufficient to assure WCAG compliance, we are in the process of planning a full audit for the Portico website using WCAG 2.1 AA standards. Once this is complete, we will be able to produce an accurate VPAT for the platform by the end of 2021.
Some of the issues with the platform we are targeting for correction:
- Multiple color contrast issues across the site for both text and hover (e.g. instances of grey text on grey background that is less than 4.5:1 contrast ratio)
- Instances of color alone portraying meaning (e.g. links are only styled in blue with no underline)
- Pages are not responsive; loss of content and functionality occurs when the page is zoomed, scaled down, or viewed on mobile.
- Most pages don’t have headings.
- Critical navigation elements cannot be accessed by keyboard (e.g. filtering by letter).
- Not all interactive elements receive a visual focus indicator.
- Icons are used in the tables and do not have labels, reading as blank.
- Tables do not clearly communicate content or header rows to assistive technologies.
- Some links are not clear from immediate context (e.g. PDF links have no differentiation).
- No errors or notifications are identified audibly with assistive technology.
We have been and will continue to respond to requests for accessible content as they arise and will make reasonable efforts to deliver such content in a timely manner.
We would be happy to answer your questions. Please let us know how we can help at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated on October 6, 2020