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Nature Publishing Group

Resource Type: Journals

Web accessibility standard:

Wherever possible, the site will adhere to level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0). These guidelines outline four main principles that state that sites should be:

  • Perceivable - Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive
  • Operable - User interface components and navigation must be operable
  • Understandable - Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable
  • Robust - Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies


Resource type: Databases

Web accessibility standards

Instructions for screen readers and keyboard users:

You will not be able to Browse Sources or add More sources to the Sources drop down box on the search page. You will therefore need to be specific in your search terms or contact the library enquiries for assistance. The results page and full text document pages use frames and in Internet Explorer 8 you can use SHIFT + F6 to move between these. The frames aren't labelled intuitively. Screen reader users can locate the start of the results by listing the links on the page, moving to the link called Disclaimer and then reading from there. Results are displayed in the order check box, reference number, article title as a link then summary containing search terms as links. The article title links to the full text. On the full text page to locate the start of the article, again go to the Disclaimer link and read from there.

Oxford University Press

Resource Type: Books, Journals

Web accessibility standard:

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG) level AA

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act.

Vendor website statement:

We have made the following access work across this site:
1 —Go to the home page
2 —Jump to content (skip navigation)
3 —Go to the mobile view
4 —Go to our Privacy Policy
5 —Go to our Legal Notice
6 —Go to the Site Index
7 —Go to the Accessibility page
8 —Go to our Terms and Conditions
We followed the general principles of usability and universal design. These principles include:
using cascading style sheets (CSS) to control page layout and to keep the content clean; supplying alternate text for images; applying HTML tags appropriately; presenting additional markup in data tables and forms to help assistive technologies.
We are not always able to live up to these ideals everywhere on our site, and are sometimes limited by the software we use. We are, however, engaged in a continuous process of improvement, and welcome your feedback. If you have difficulty using our site,  please contact our Customer Service Department.
Oxford English Dictonary
Instructions for screen reader users:
If you list the form fields on the Advanced Search page, the search button labelled as Submit Query Button, appears before the search boxes. You can press Enter to conduct a search. JAWS was unable to interpret the pronunciation guidance.
Oxford Journals
Instructions for screen reader users:
To find information about the articles in your search results list you will need to list form fields, as the check boxes are labelled with the article title. If you read from there you can then select Full Text or PDF to read the article.
The database content is a mix of HTML, accessible and inaccessible PDFs. If you cannot access the full text of an article you require, please contact Library staff.
Oxford Reference Online
Instructions for screen reader users:
When searching within a particular reference work, choose the form field option 'Unlabeled2 Edit search within work'.
On the Advanced Search page if you list the form fields the advanced search boxes start with the word Unlabeled and appear below the list of subjects.
Oxford Scholarship Online
Oxford Scholarship Online has WCAG, AA compliance and work with most popular screen-reading software. We have worked hard to ensure that all users have an equal level of access to the scholarly content in Oxford Scholarship Online and are happy to answer any questions on this subject as well as receive comments on areas that could be improved. 
Oxford University Press Accessibility web page