Accessibility Statement

Last updated on 4th January 2019

Does Drama Online meet accessibility standards?

Bloomsbury Digital Resources is committed to ensuring equal access for all users of our resources, regardless of technology or ability. For all our resources, we aim for compliance with Level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (

Our sites are all built using code compliant with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards-compliant HTML/CSS code means that any future browsers should also display it correctly. Where possible content is displayed as HTML full text which can easily be resized or read with assistive technology, with mark-up that allows screen readers and keyboard-only users to navigate easily and intuitively.

We’re working hard to achieve our goal of Level AA accessibility, but our testing has identified a number of areas that still need improving, and these are listed below under ‘Areas for Improvement’ within each section. We will update this statement as we roll out improvements in these areas.

How has Drama Online been tested for accessibility?

All of our sites have been developed to work well with keyboard-only operation, screen readers and other assistive software, and have been tested for color contrast compliance and correct rendering with browser controls zoomed to 200%. Our sites have all been tested by specialist accessibility testers at QA InfoTech, who use a pair-testing methodology using combinations of sighted and non-sighted testers, and have been found to support Level AA with the exceptions noted below.

Can I resize the text to make it easier to read?

Yes, text content is presented as HTML so it is resizable and reflowable. The site has been tested with 200% browser zoom to ensure that text still renders correctly and legibly, without losing any of the site’s functionality or navigation.

Can I navigate the site using the keyboard only?

Yes, the site has been tested thoroughly to assess how sight-impaired or mobility-impaired users would access the content, and most of the site’s functionality is fully accessible via keyboard. The focus order moves correctly in most cases, and with one exception listed below there are no ‘keyboard traps’ in the site.

Areas for improvement:

  • A ‘Skip to Main Content’ link needs to be added
  • On Play text page, tab sequence from Print to Bookmark link is incorrect, tab focus does not move to some of the interactive elements, and the search button is not accessible via keyboard
  • Audio controls on Audio Play page are not accessible via keyboard.
  • Share link contains a keyboard trap.

Does the site support screen readers?

Yes, the site has been manually tested throughout using JAWS 18, NVDA 2018, Apple VoiceOver and Android Talkback.

On the main content pages such as play text and book chapters, the primary content is correctly tagged to allow screen reader users to navigate the content and understand its structure. Screen reader users are able to follow text in the correct reading order throughout.

Areas for improvement:

  • On submitting invalid entries in forms, there is no automatic error notification, although there is a workaround (users can navigate the page manually to read error messages). Also, screen reader users are not notified on submitting the ‘Clear’ button.
  • Improvements required to tagging of headings and lists on Home Page (News and Updates), Help, About pages and Plays navigation page.
  • Play landing page: screen reader does not read ‘Overview and Play Tools’ as tabs; Play Tools table does not include a summary.
  • Search Results page: play titles are not tagged as heading for screen reader users
  • Plays with clickable notes and commentary: screen reader focus does not shift to notes/commentary text on selecting commentary/notes links.
  • Errors in focus order with jump-down links on the Plays navigation page, Cite and Share links on Play landing page and Login pop-up window.
  • Link text is incorrect for pagination links on play text page, and not provided for commentary links on play text reader.
  • Form fields are unlabeled on Advanced Search and Login pages
  • Play text page: the autocomplete functionality on the search field is not accessible to screen reader users
  • Screen reader does not read the selected state of 'Show Subscribe Content Only button' on Plays page.

Do the video and audio files include transcripts or captions?

Yes, all video files have correctly synchronised transcripts and closed captions.

Areas for improvement:

  • The LA Theatre Works audio files do not have transcripts or captions.
  • There is no audio or text descriptions of the action in the video files.

Do the images include alt text and descriptions?

Yes, appropriate alternative text is given for jacket cover images and book illustrations.

Areas for improvement:

  • Many play landing pages feature illustrative quotations from the plays as images: these lack appropriate alt-text or accessible alternative formats.

Has the site been tested for color contrast and color-blindness?

To ensure accessibility for low-vision or colorblind users, we aim to ensure that the color contrast ratio for all interactive elements meets the WCAG standard minimum of 4.5:1. We also aim never to use color as the only source of information: whenever color is used to convey meaning this is also conveyed using text equivalents and HTML tags.

Areas for improvement:

  • Color alone is used to identify the selected states are of interactive elements on the Table of Contents toolbar, Audio Play page and Search Results page
  • Orange text headers on white background which fall short of the minimum contrast ratio are used throughout the site.

How do I contact Bloomsbury to get further help with accessibility?

If you require assistance, or have any queries or feedback relating to accessibility, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

If required, we will be happy to provide a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) which gives further details of this site’s compliance with both the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act.