Accessibility

TADL Website Accessibility

The Traverse Area District Library is committed to ensuring accessibility to our online resources. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and applying the relevant accessibility standards. Accessibility and inclusivity are cornerstones of our 2021-2024 strategic plan (link) and initiatives.

If you are looking for accessibility guidelines on a particular material or service (such as a database or streaming service), please see the individual pages for guidance. For further assistance email the Reference Desk or the Talking Book LIbrary.

Measures to support accessibility

The Traverse Area District Library takes the following measures to ensure accessibility of the TADL website (tadl.org):

  • Incorporate accessibility considerations into our digital resource design process.
  • Assign clear accessibility targets and responsibilities.

Conformance status

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA.

The TADL Website is partially conformant with WCAG 2.1 level AA. Partially conformant means that some parts of the content may not fully conform to the accessibility standard.

Feedback

We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of the TADL Website. Please let us know if you encounter accessibility barriers on the TADL website.

Technical specifications

Accessibility of the TADL website relies on the following technologies to work with the particular combination of web browser and any assistive technologies or plugins installed on your computer:

  • HTML
  • WAI-ARIA
  • CSS
  • JavaScript

These technologies are relied upon for conformance with the accessibility standards used.

Limitations and alternatives

Despite our best efforts to ensure accessibility of the TADL website, there may be some limitations. Below is a description of known limitations, and potential solutions. Please contact us if you observe an issue not listed below.

Known limitations for the TADL website:

  1. Third-party websites and databases: Since this site is new this section is current under review.
  2. Closed Captioning on videos: Captioning is an ongoing process. Some longer videos or older videos may not have closed captioning. We will provide a transcript of the video in these cases.If you are interested in a video but it does not have captioning please email us.
  3. Portable Document Format (PDF) documents: We are in the process of converting all online pdfs for accessibility. Some older PDFs may not be fully accessible to screen readers. Updating them is an ongonig process. Please email if a pdf you would like is not converted.
  4. Some images: All images on this updated website have alt text. If you find one that does not please let us know.

Assessment approach

The Traverse Area District Library self-assesses the accessibility of the TADL website using tools provided by Adobe (Adobe Acrobat accessibility reporting tool), WebAIM's WAVE tool and contrast checker.

 

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