Accessibility Statement

We want everyone who visits Curatescape websites to feel welcome and find the experience rewarding. The following applies to the open source Curatescape tools, including the Curatescape theme and plugins for the Omeka content management system. For information about the accessibility of Omeka itself, please see the Omeka Accessibility Statement.

Goals

To help us make Curatescape websites a positive place for everyone, we’ve been using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, and more user-friendly for everyone.

The guidelines have three levels of accessibility (A, AA and AAA). We’ve chosen Level AA as the target for Curatescape.

Current Status

We’re working hard to achieve our goal of Level AA accessibility, but we realize there are some areas that still need improving. The following information explains what we’re doing to make that happen and what you can do to make sure your project meets the success criteria.

Level A/AA success criteria 1.2.1 – 1.2.4:

Users are encouraged to add a complete metadata record for all uploaded files, including audio, video, and images. This metadata is used to create captions and provide text-equivalent information for visual and time-based media. Likewise, users are encouraged to utilize the Street Address and Access Information fields to add text-equivalent information to interactive maps on item/story pages. These steps will bring your project into compliance with the success criteria.

Level AA success criteria 1.2.5:

Omeka does not have built-in support for audio transcripts for video content. Project administrators are encouraged to use videos that were created with accessibility in mind and may choose to upload a separate audio version of video content in order to meet the success criteria.

Level AA success criteria 1.4.3:

In some instances, content in the footer area may have low color-contrast due to the choice of custom background image. In such cases, it is recommended to use the Custom CSS theme option to improve contrast and meet the success criteria.

Other: Third-Party Tools

While we strive to implement only the most accessible third-party solutions, some interactive elements of Curatescape websites may have minor or even significant shortcomings. These include the interactive maps generated using Leaflet and Open Street Maps, as well as the image galleries generated using Photoswipe. We have done our best to implement these components according to best practices, in some cases improving upon default recommended implementations. Nonetheless, this is an area that requires further work on our part. For the time-being, we have provided opportunities for text-equivalent information in the form of inline captions.

Feedback

If you have enjoyed using Curatescape, or if you are having trouble with any part of it, please let us know by contacting us at digitalhumanities@csuohio.edu.

This accessibility statement was last updated on 12th August 2019.