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Elsevier endeavors to meet all guidelines and standards established by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 at level AA conformance, and Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act. These guidelines define how to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities, and conformance to them improves the web's usability for all people.
Digital Commons Data is partially compliant with WCAG 2.0 & 2.1 at level AA, and we make continual improvements with the aim of achieving full compliance. In certain areas, Digital Commons Data implements level AAA success criteria.
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Accessibility Measures at Elsevier
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Main navigation links are consistent across pages in Digital Commons Data. Site structure is standardized, as all pages comprise 3 sections:
- A header area that includes the main navigation
- A main content area
- A footer
When Cascading Styles Sheets (CSS) are disabled, or when using assistive technology, the 3 sections are read in the above order.
Skip Navigation Link
Keyboard users may bypass repetitive elements at the top of each page by immediately tabbing to the first interactive item, which is a “Skip to Main Content” link. This allows users to jump to the main section of the current page context.
Visual Design and Mobile Display
All pages and content may be enlarged using standard browser controls or screen magnification software.
Text has sufficient contrast (4.5:1 for small text; 3:1 for large text) with its corresponding background to be clearly legible in almost all areas of the site. Links are visually distinguished from text, and most interactive elements also have obvious visual hover and focus states.