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Accessibility in Patrologia Latina

All researchers, regardless of ability, need access to scholarly information. ProQuest is committed to providing all our users with a fully accessible experience for research, teaching and learning.

Patrologia Latina is a comprehensive, closed collection and is no longer in active development. The last time it was updated was 2004. At that time, it was developed to meet existing accessibility standards, though new standards have since been introduced. Automated testing has been conducted on the core pages of this site to uncover accessibility gaps against the current WCAG 2.1 A and AA accessibility standards. These pages include the homepage, the search page, search results page, marked list page, and table of contents pages. Findings of this testing are summarized below, along with information about how to make the most of Patrologia Latina's accessibility features.

Accessibility features and gaps

Users of Patrologia Latina should be able to:

  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard.
  • go directly to main content areas on the page using skip links.
  • use access keys to quickly navigate to key sections of the site without using a mouse.
  • view the heading structure of most pages and use them to navigate with a screen reader.

There may be some parts of this website that are not fully accessible:

  • this site has a fixed width: text and elements will not reflow to accommodate screen size.
  • heading levels are skipped or missing on some pages.
  • alternative text is missing for some decorative icons.
  • some form labels are missing or not properly linked to their corresponding controls.
  • Color contrast for some links do not meet minimum standards.

If you have a disability and need to make your computer, tablet or other device easier to use, AbilityNet is a recommended resource. We also recommend browsing free add-ons offered for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Technical Information about this site's accessibility

This site has been reviewed in accordance with:

  • Level A and Level AA of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1)
  • Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act for features and functions.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance level and report

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines v2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Accessibility of this platform

Sitewide Accessibility Features

The sidebar of the page has links to Table of Contents, Marked List, Lexicon, Help, More Information, and Search History. Aside from the homepage, there also is a "back" button that will take you to the previous page.

At the foot of every page you will find links to sitewide information, including the Privacy policy and Accessibility page, and a Webmaster email link.

Using Access Keys

You can use access keys as part of keystroke combinations (keyboard shortcuts), making it possible to quickly navigate to important features in this site without using a mouse:

  • 0 = Accessibility Statement
  • 1 = Home Page
  • 2 = Help
  • 3 = Search All
  • 6 = BHL GoTo
  • 7 = Lexicon
  • C = Table of Contents
  • L = More Information
  • U = Search History
  • Y = Marked List
  • Q = Webmaster
  • R = Copyright
  • S = Skip navigation

Please note that access keys work slightly differently across browsers and operating systems:

  • Firefox: Hold the ALT and SHIFT keys down before pressing the relevant access keys.
  • Chrome: Hold ALT and press the relevant access key.
  • Mac users should hold down the Ctrl while following the instructions above.
  • Note: access keys may not be available to users of some screen reader software where they conflict with reserved keystroke combinations (e.g. Window Eyes).

Accessibility Gaps

Site is not responsive

This site was designed for use by laptop and desktop computers and is not optimized for small screens. Text and elements will not reflow to accommodate screen size and if you use Patrologia Latina on a small screen, you will need to scroll in multiple directions to see all content on the page.

Missing or skipped headings

Headings are employed throughout the site to make it easier to navigate, especially with a screen reader. Even so, headings are missing entirely on the table of contents page, and some heading levels are skipped on the homepage, marked list, search and search results pages.

Missing form labels

If you're using a screen reader, you'll notice that some controls do not have corresponding labels. In these cases, even though labels will not be read to you automatically when focusing on the control, you will find text preceding these controls that describes their purpose.

Color contrast

Some of the links within this site do not adhere to current color contrast standards. We recommend using free add-ons offered for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox to improve contrast across the website. Note that there are a few cases where text is embedded within images, and this will not be enhanced by using plugins.

Accessibility Testing

Patrologia Latina code was checked for accessibility using automated and manual checks:

  • Color Contrast Analyzer provided by WebAIM
  • High Contrast Chrome extension
  • Keyboard-access manual testing and assessment
  • WAVE (Web Accessibility Evaluation tool) provided by WebAIM

Patrologia Latina was tested on the latest version of Chrome on a Windows computer.

Support and feedback

If you have difficulty accessing specific ProQuest content or features with adaptive technology after trying the workarounds suggested in this statement, you can contact us using the links provided below. Our support services will respond within three days and are available to accommodate the communication needs of end users with disabilities. We will work with you to identify the best option for remediation, subject to content licensing restrictions and technical capability.

  • Online: ProQuest Technical Support
  • Phone: United States & Canada (toll free): +1 800 889 3358
  • Phone: Outside North America: +800 4997 4111 or +1 734-707-2513

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This accessibility statement was prepared on August 12, 2020. It was last reviewed on September 3, 2020.

The website was last tested on August 12, 2020. The test was carried out internally at ProQuest.

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