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Does Stacks meet accessibility standards? Is Stacks ADA compliant?

Stacks is fully functional for visually impaired users. The Stacks platform meets, and in many cases, exceeds section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards. Moreover, it offers guidance and a variety of tools helping users creating content on the platform, to align that content quickly and easily with the accepted standards. Additionally, Stacks is WCAG 2.0 Level A compliant. Stacks has invested time and resources to exceed web accessibility guidelines and to support several features that are part of the WCAG Level AA compliance by improving page orientation and navigation in all available themes. Notable features include:

  • Introductory text and shortcuts for screen reader patrons
  • Elimination of most tables to improve searching with screen readers or keyboard controls
  • Help text and compliance reminders for content creators
  • Descriptive page titles, section header tags and selected link labels
  • Streamlined code for simpler page structures
  • Detailed alternative text image descriptions
  • Decreased page size and list pagination for shorter download times for all patrons
  • Implementation of WAI ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) coding standards from W3C consortia that work in conjunction with HTML5’s built in accessibility features

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