Accessibility statement for Talis Reading Lists
This accessibility statement applies to https://notts.rl.talis.com, which hosts the University of Nottingham reading list collection using the software Aspire, which is produced by the supplier Talis.
This website is run by University of Nottingham Libraries in partnership with Talis. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:
- change colours, contrast levels and fonts
- zoom in up to 300% 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 simple as possible to understand.
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
How accessible this website is
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
- You may have general issues with accessing the site using assistive technology, for example a screen reader, due to missing or misapplied attributes within the code.
- Some of the accessibility challenges in using this website are unique to, or potentially amplified if you are involved in, creating or editing reading lists. Please contact us for support if you find this to be the case.
- Not all of the pages on this site have a design which accommodates resizing of text when zooming or using a mobile interface. You may find it easier to navigate through the site using a desktop personal computer.
- You may find it difficult to see some pages if visually impaired due to low contrast text and insufficient visual cues – you may wish to use a browser plug-in or other assistive technology to enhance contrast.
- You may encounter some specific issues in navigating the site when using a keyboard, particularly when it comes to navigating menus.
- You may also find it useful to refer to Talis’ own accessibility statement.
Feedback and contact information
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:
We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 10 working days.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact University of Nottingham Libraries via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’).
If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person
Find out how to contact us www.nottingham.ac.uk/Library/help
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
University of Nottingham is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
Navigation and accessing information
You may find it difficult to navigate to, access or interpret some information on the pages for this system overall. We are reporting these issues to Talis and will work with them to address.
- When entering text in the search box on the home page and search results pages, the search is carried out and an auto-complete dropdown list of results displayed. No information about the dropdown is provided to a screen reader. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.2.2 (on input).
- The search button icon on the home page is labelled as decorative and has no alternative text and the accessibility icon on all pages lacks a visual text alternative. When adding a bookmark, the icon for the calendar where publication date can be picked has an incomplete tooltip and accessible name. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).
- There is no search landmark for the search box on the home and search results pages. In the home, copy list and edit node pages there is no landmark for footer information located outside the main landmark. When adding a bookmark / editing an item there is no main landmark. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships).
- The search button icon on the home page is labelled as decorative and has no alternative text. On the reading list view / edit pages emphasis in some citation styles does not use the em tag. When adding a bookmark the look up of the library catalogue is not clearly labelled, and required fields are not clearly identified. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships).
- There are issues across some pages with names and roles for some native HTML elements, particularly buttons and search boxes. Custom HTML elements are not always implemented as per ARIA design patterns with correct roles and / or states, which includes buttons (particularly dropdown menu buttons) and tabs. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role, value).
- On the List view / edit page menu links become disabled when actioned, so cannot be focused on by keyboard navigation or screen readers, whereas their visual status changes to indicate an updated status. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role, value).
- When adding a bookmark required fields are only indicated by a visual asterisk which is not picked up by a screen reader. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.3.2 (labels or instructions).
Resizing text by zooming and using the mobile view
You may find it difficult to use the system when using a mobile or resizing text by zooming. Not all screens have a fully mobile responsive design. We are reporting these issues to Talis and will work with them to address. Particular issues are:
- On the ‘Add Bookmark’ page or when editing an item record, it is not possible to resize text to 200% as input fields overlap and it becomes difficult to scroll vertically. In the List view / edit pages some menu options do not rescale or reflow properly. These include: Request a digitisation, Hierarchy and student numbers, and Assign a list owner. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.4. (resize text) and 1.4.10 (reflow).
- All pages except List edit / view have issues when resizing content. The navigation menu requires horizontal scrolling and the background needed to see menu items does not resize. On the home page the search box does not resize, and on the home, "Search results" and ‘My Bookmarks’ pages suggested search terms require horizontal scrolling. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.10 (reflow).
Contrast and other visual cues
You may have issues with the using the system due to low contrast or insufficient visual cues. We are reporting these issues to Talis and will work with them to address.
- There are contrast issues on some interface components. These include some buttons and search boxes (when not in focus). This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.11 (non-text contrast).
- In the list edit screen red text is used to emphasise that an "Importance not set" without any other visual alternatives. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.1 (use of colour)
Navigating using a keyboard
You may find it difficult to navigate with a keyboard specifically. We are reporting these issues to Talis and will work with them to address.
- On many screens it is not possible to move through items in dropdown menus using arrow keys. On the bookmarking and List edit screens it is not possible to tab to or select calendars to pick dates for the ‘Pub date’ and ‘Needed by’ fields. In the List view / edit screen it is not possible to tab to the ‘Log in’ menu item or once signed in, to tab to the "Log out" menu item. When adding a bookmark, both the ‘Create and add to list’ and ‘Online resource’ options trigger popups which cannot be fully navigated with a keyboard. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 (keyboard).
- Dropdown menus do not close when using tab to move away or escape to close, remaining open until another dropdown list is selected. When requesting a digitisation, when you have to choose an ISBN, after submitting this the focus does not move to the digitisation form and there is no way to close the form. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.2 (no keyboard trap) and success criterion 2.4.3 (focus order).
- It is possible to tab away to other elements of the page without explicitly dismissing some popups or revealed content. Instances include ‘Share a link’, ‘Report a broken link’, ‘Request a digitisation’ popups, and adding notes on the List view / edit screen and ‘Add to list’ popup on My bookmarks. When adding a bookmark it is not possible to tab into or close with escape revealed content under ‘Online resource’ and ‘Create add to list’. Also when choosing to Add fields ‘Part of’ or ‘Has part’, focus does not go to the first input field on the new tab created. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.3 (focus order).
- In the List view / edit, the Google preview link text does not indicate sufficiently that it will link to Google Books and the link to the library catalogue indicating ‘x copies available’ may not be sufficiently clear. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (link purpose).
Creating and editing lists
You may encounter some particular issues with creating and editing lists using the system. We are reporting these issues to Talis and will work with them to address.
- When clicking ‘Create’ to add a bookmark, a popup box appears saying ‘Saving bookmark’ but there is no verbal alert read out by a screen reader. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.3 (status messages).
- When adding a bookmark, on clicking ‘Create’ or ‘Create and Add to list’ buttons, visible text in red appears to alert the user if a required field is omitted, but no verbal alert is read out by a screen reader. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.3.1 (error identification).
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We are actively reviewing content and have introduced new working practices with a focus on user needs and providing inclusive content to our diverse audiences.
Talis Aspire also acts as a platform to direct students and staff towards scanned texts hosted on the Copyright Licensing Agency’s Digital Content Store. We have adopted what is recognised as best practice within the sector in creating accessible scans using Abbyy Finereader.
We are engaging with Talis to highlight and develop accessibility requirements. We considered accessibility as a key requirement when renewing our reading list software in 2020 and will continue to do so in future when reviewing our contract.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 30 September 2020. It was last reviewed in March 2022.
This website was last tested in February 2022. The test was carried out by University Nottingham Libraries. We also referred to different versions of the accessibility statement produced by Talis.
We used this approach to deciding on a sample of pages: testing by stratified sampling. We sampled example pages within the page types Talis Aspire generates: the home page, viewing and editing reading lists, viewing collections of reading lists and bookmarks, and adding bookmarks.