A number of features have been implemented in Literature Online to make the site more accessible to people with visual, motor or cognitive disabilities. Some of these features may not be visible in your browser but can improve accessibility for people using assistive technologies. We are committed to making our interface and content compliant with current accessibility standards. At present we are aiming to comply with WAI Priority 1 accessibility standards, and some features also contribute towards compliance with Priority 2 and 3 guidelines.
For any queries about accessibility in Literature Online, please contact our Webmaster.
- The following access keys have been assigned to links to the main areas of the site, making it
possible to navigate around the site without using a mouse:
3=Search Criticism and Reference
4=Browse Complete Contents
5=Browse Full Text Journals
6=Browse Author Index
0=Browse Poets on Screen
9=Individual Collections (option available from Home page only)
n=End session (option not available from Home page)
- Labels have been added to form fields to make them easier to understand.
To use the access keys:
- Hold down the Alt key and press the assigned access key.
- Press Enter.
The page you have chosen should now open. Note: access keys are supported in Internet Explorer 4.x upwards, Netscape 6.0 upwards and Firefox 1.0 upwards.
Note: Mac users should hold down the Ctrl key and press the assigned access key.
- A "Skip navigation" link has been provided at the top of each page to
enable users with screen readers to go directly to the content of the page without
needing to repeat the navigation links. It is invisible to the naked eye but can be
read by screen readers.
- A text-only site map provides links to all the main areas and sub-areas of the site in a more accessible format. To access the site map, click on the Site map link at the top right of any page, and then click on a link within the site map to open the relevant page
Other accessibility features
- A text description has been added to each image within <alt>
and <title> tags. This will appear as a 'tooltip' to users with
visual browsers and will also be read out be screen readers. Images
used purely for decorative purposes contain a null value so they will
not be read by screen readers or generate a 'tooltip' unnecessarily.
- Text throughout the site (including navigation) is resizeable. Visually-impaired
or Mac users may find increasing the text size within their browser
makes reading pages easier.
- All forms have been labelled to make them easier to understand for
people using assistive technology. Text associated with a particular
form field has been given a label in the HTML code to show the relationship.
These labels are not visible on the screen but will be read out by
screen readers and other assistive technologies.
- The opening of pop-up or additional browser windows has been made clear.
To increase the text size:
- In Internet Explorer, click the View menu, then
select Text Size and then choose larger or largest
(the default is medium). Alternatively, hold down the Ctrl key and
scroll the mouse wheel (if you have one).
- In Netscape or Firefox, click the View menu, then select Text Zoom and then choose the size you would like (the default is 100%). Alternatively, hold down the Ctrl key and at the same time, push the + or - key.