Accessibility Assessment

Below is a short accessibility assessment of eight key areas that have been assessed during the production process of this text. The checklist has been drawn from the BCcampus Open Education Accessibility Toolkit. While a checklist such as this is just one part of a holistic approach to accessibility, it is one way to begin our work on embedded good accessibility practices in the books we support.

It is our hope that by being transparent on our current books, we can begin the process of making sure accessibility is top of mind for all authors, adopters, students and contributors of all kinds on all our open textbook projects. As such, we welcome any feedback from students, instructors or others who encounter the book and identify an issue that needs resolving.

Accessibility Checklist

Category Item Status
Organising Content Content is organised under headings and subheadings X
Organising Content Headings and subheadings are used sequentially (e.g. Heading 1, Heading 2, etc.) X
Images Images that convey information include Alternative Text (alt-text) descriptions of the image’s content or function X
Images Graphs, charts, and maps also include contextual or supporting details in the text surrounding the image X
Images Images, diagrams, or charts do not rely only on colour to convey important information X
Images Images that are purely decorative contain empty alternative text descriptions. (Descriptive text is unnecessary if the image doesn’t convey contextual content information) X
Tables Tables include column headers, and row headers where appropriate X
Tables Tables include a title or caption X
Tables Tables do not have merged or split cells X
Tables Tables have adequate cell padding X
Weblinks The weblink is meaningful in context, and does not use generic text such as “click here” or “read more” X
Weblinks Externals weblinks open in a new tab. Internal weblink do not open in a new tab. X
Weblinks If a link will open or download a file (like a PDF or Excel file), a textual reference is included in the link information (e.g. ‘[PDF]’). X
Embedded Multimedia A transcript has been made available for a multimedia resource that includes audio narration or instruction
Embedded Multimedia Captions of all speech content and relevant non-speech content are included in the multimedia resource that includes audio synchronized with a video presentation All videos, except one third-party video has closed captions
Embedded Multimedia Audio descriptions of contextual visuals (graphs, charts, etc.) are included in the multimedia resource
Formulas Formulas have been created using MathML
Formulas Formulas are images with alternative text descriptions, if MathML is not an option
Font Size Font size is 12 point or higher for body text X
Font Size Font size is 9 point for footnotes or endnotes
Font Size Font size can be zoomed to 200% X




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