Accessibility Statement

Accessibility features of the web version of this resource

The web version of this text has been designed with accessibility in mind by incorporating the following features:

  • It has been optimized for people who use screen-reader technology:
    • all content can be navigated using a keyboard
    • links, headings, tables, and images have been designed to work with screen readers
  • It has the option to increase font size (locate tab on top right of the screen).

Other file formats available

In addition to the web version, this book is available in a number of file formats, including PDF, EPUB (for eReaders), MOBI (for Kindles), and various editable files. You can also print out or send the PDF version of this text to a copy-shop to acquire a hard-copy version of the text.

Here is a link to where you can download this book in another file format. Look for the “Download this book” drop-down menu to select the file type you want.

Known accessibility issues and areas for improvement

While we strive to ensure that this textbook is as accessible and as usable as possible, we might not always get it right. Any issues we identify will be listed directly in this section.

List of Known Accessibility Issues
Location of issue Need for improvement Timeline Workaround
Hypothes.is annotation layer Recently, Hypothes.is sought the support of the Inclusive Design Research Center to complete an accessibility review. In a document updated in December 2018, the team outlines issues that affect accessibility, including some standard elements which don’t include enough contrast between type and background, concerns over Hypothes.is annotation highlights being indicated in-text by colored highlight alone, and things like markup validation errors in some contexts. Ongoing improvements. Visit the Hypothes.is Accessibility page to access the most recent Vendor Product Accessibility Template, a document in which Hypothes.is outlines some of the ongoing improvements to the platform. This text is designed to exist independently from the social annotation layer for users who prefer not to interact with it. One workaround to the colored highlight concern for those who do: the yellow highlights over text are just one way to locate the presence of highlights within the e-text. Since the Hypothes.is annotation layer is enabled by default on the web version, it’s possible to extend the annotation layer and click on the “annotations” menu item. This will display all of the annotations in the text at once in the sidebar. Clicking on an individual annotation will auto-scroll the body text down to the point where the annotation appears. Within individual Hypothes.is annotations, the highlighted content an annotator is referring to also appears at the top of the annotation.

Accessibility standards

The web version of this resource has been designed to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, level AA. In addition, it follows all guidelines in “Appendix A: Checklist for Accessibility.” The development of the toolkit involved working with students with various print disabilities who provided their personal perspectives and helped test the content.

Let us know if you are having problems accessing this textbook

We are always looking for how we can make our resources more accessible. If you are having problems accessing this resource, please contact us to let us know so we can fix the issue.

Please include the following information:

  • The location of the problem by providing a web address or page description
  • A description of the problem
  • The computer, software, browser, and any assistive technology you are using that can help us diagnose and solve your issue (e.g., Windows 10, Google Chrome (Version 65.0.3325.181), NVDA screen reader)

You can contact us by commenting on this project’s Rebus Community project homepage: https://www1.rebus.community/#/project/3d0cf5a2-b1ab-429d-98ab-4f67310d3fb3

 

This statement was last updated on February 30, 2020.

Source Credits:
This accessibility statement is an adapted version of a BCcampus resource: Gray, Josie. “Accessibility Statements.” BCcampus Accessibility Toolkit, edited by Amanda Coolidge, Sue Doner, Tara Robertson, and Josie Gray. 2nd Ed., BCcampus, August 21, 2018, opentextbc.ca/accessibilitytoolkit/chapter/accessibility-statements/. Accessed 30 Oct. 2018. The toolkit is shared under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

 

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