Engineering Village accessibility

The features, content, and functionality on Engineering Village are designed to be accessible to all users and devices. We strive to adhere to the U.S. Section 508 Guidelines for Web as well as meet the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

Engineering Village is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We actively work on the accessibility and usability of our website, and in doing so, adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines. Our Engineering Village team consists of developers and user centered designers who conduct usability testing and accessibility assessments of navigation, flow, labeling, and consistency. We test EV with a variety of devices and assistive technology including JAWS screen reader, NVDA, keyboard only navigation, and a variety of browser testing tools. Additionally, we conduct testing sessions with our users to gain insight and guide us in adhering to the use of our website.

Engineering Village uses the VPAT evaluation (also known as the Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR)) tool to yearly evaluate accessibility standards.

Engineering Village site support table: 2020 (PDF, 213.2 KB)­ | ­ ­ ­Email us

Some of the accessibility features of our site include:

Screen reader friendly

  • Browser windows, forms, and other interactive elements are in HTML, and each has identifiable label and state properties.
  • Engineering Village uses properly structured headings, allowing screen reader users to navigate pages more efficiently.
  • Graphical elements such as images and icons are supplemented by html text attributes.
  • User interface panes and page sections are identified by headings and ARIA landmark roles.
  • Color coding is minimal and is supplemented by meaningful text.
  • Animated tutorials are also available as HTML tip sheets.
  • Engineering Village uses standard HTML form elements such as checkboxes and radio buttons which offer state information to assistive technology such as JAWS.
  • Engineering Village does not have features that interfere with standard API features of the OS including MSAA (Microsoft Active Accessibility).

Keyboard friendly

  • Javascript functionality is operable using keyboard friendly event handlers.
  • Most data tables have  and scope attributes.
  • Controls and features are operable using keyboard only.
  • Pages provide logical tab order.
  • When opening dialog windows and panes, the system places the cursor in logical places.

Flexible display

  • The user interface consists of well structured HTML, CSS, and Javascript.
  • EV uses separate CSS files and is also usable with CSS turned off.
  • Users can enlarge pages and text with either browser controls or screen magnification software such as GW Micro's Windows-Eyes or AI Squared's ZoomText.
  • All content and controls are compatible with screen enlargement software in addition to compatibility with built in browser zoom   functionality.

Clear navigation

  • All primary functionality in EV is operable using keyboard only, with logical tab order.
  • Pages have ARIA landmark roles providing a method for skipping repetitive links.
  • Pages have unique and descriptive page titles to help orient screen reader users.
  • Forms use standard HTML markup including label tags and asterisks to identify required fields.
  • Error handling is announced to the user via screen reader while navigating through forms such as the login.

Engineering Village supports:

Engineering Village site support table: 2018
FeatureBlindness/ Screen Reader Low VisionHearing ImpairedMobility/ Keyboard- Only Cognitive (Dyslexia, Non-native English)
Feature illustration | ElsevierBlindness illustration | ElsevierLow Vision illustration | ElsevierHearing Impaired illustration | ElsevierMobility illustration | ElsevierCognitive illustration | Elsevier
Controls and features are operable using keyboard only SupportsSupports­Supports­
Pages include a visible Skip Navigation link to help skip repetitive elements Supports­­Supports­
All links and controls visually indicate keyboard focus ­Supports­SupportsSupports
AT users can utilize headings or landmarks to reach areas of content quickly Supports­­­Supports
Content is available in HTML that can be resized or read using assistive technology such as JAWS screen reader SupportsSupports­­Supports
Pages are adaptive to various screen sizes and viewing devices ­Supports­SupportsSupports
Pages employ ARIA (Accessibility for Rich Internet Applications) to enhance navigation, labeling, and messaging for users of screen readers and other assistive technology SupportsSupports­Supports­
Nearly all graphical elements and color-coded items have meaningful text equivalents SupportsSupports­­Supports
Most forms are marked up using labels that are read correctly by screen readers and allow for easier manual selection SupportsSupports­SupportsSupports
Error messages are clearly stated and announced to AT users SupportsSupports­­Supports
Pages are uniquely and descriptively titled Supports­­­Supports
Global navigation links are consistent across pages and enable users to quickly and easily understand the layout of the site SupportsSupports­­Supports
Accessibility Customer Support is available by email through accessibility@elsevier.comSupportsSupportsSupportsSupportsSupports

Additional information

The Adobe Accessibility Site a resource for working with PDFs and accessibility issues. The Adobe Site offers a service to converting PDF files into ASCII and HTML. Also, you may download the latest version of Acrobat Reader which includes features that enhance the accessibility of PDF files.


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