OA.Works website accessibility statement

Making our services, products, and sites work for everyone.

This accessibility statement applies to the present OA.Works website and excludes our individual product websites (OAbutton.org, InstantILL.org, ShareYourPaper.org) and our blog.

This website is run by OA.Works. Our organization is committed to accessibility and inclusivity for all people with disabilities. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • Zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen.
  • Navigate most of the website using just a keyboard.
  • Navigate most of the website using speech recognition software.
  • Listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver).

We’ve also made the website text as easy as possible to understand using Simple English (US).

We continue to improve the website’s accessibility and performance for as many devices as possible. We do not, however, support Internet Explorer.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

Measures to support accessibility

OA.Works takes the following measures to ensure accessibility of OA.Works’ website:

  • Included accessibility throughout our internal policies.
  • Appointed an accessibility officer.
  • Assigned accessibility goals and responsibilities.

Conformance status

OA.Works is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 794d).

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA.

OA.Works’ website is partially conformant with WCAG 2.1 level AA. Partially conformant means that some parts of the content do not fully conform to the accessibility standard.

Known accessibility problems

Accessibility problem WCAG Success Criterion
Some of the line heights and spacing between text is too small. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.12: text spacing. Follow up on this issue
You can’t modify the line height or spacing of text without shifting the layout. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.12: text spacing. Follow up on this issue
You can’t skip to the main content when using a screen reader. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.1: bypass blocks. Follow up on this issue
Our newsletter sign-up form (in the menu) is difficult to access and navigate using just a keyboard. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1: keyboard. Follow up on this issue
Some images, in particular in the blog post previews on the homepage, may not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1: non-text content. Follow up on this issue

Feedback and contact information

We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of OA.Works’ website. Please let us know if you encounter accessibility barriers on OA.Works’ website or if you need information on this website in a different format:

We try to respond to feedback within 7 days.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on July 26, 2021. It was last reviewed on August 4, 2021. This website was last tested on August 4, 2021.

The test was carried out by our own team at OA.Works using:

  • Automated tools: Lighthouse, axe, and an HTML outliner.
  • Manual testing: MacOs’ VoiceOver and just the keyboard.

We used the open-source, automated tool Lighthouse to help assess accessibility and generate reports. The tool partially covers WCAG 2.1 Level AA requirements.

You can read the full Lighthouse test reports for the following sample pages of our website: