Appendix 1: Accessibility Assessment

Below is a short assessment of eight key areas where accessibility has been assessed during the production process of this textbook. The accessibility 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.

Wherever possible, we have identified ways in which anyone may contribute their expertise to improve the accessibility of this text.

We also welcome any feedback from students, instructors or others who encounter the book and identify an issue that needs resolving.

Accessibility Checklist
Category Item Status
Organizing Content Content is organized under headings and subheadings X
Organizing Content Headings and subheadings are used sequentially (e.g. Heading 1, Heading 2, etc.) as well as logically (if the title is Heading 1 then there should be no other Heading 1 styles as the title is the uppermost level) 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 color 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 Weblinks do not open new windows or tabs X
Weblinks If weblinks must open in a new window, a textual reference is included in the link information X
Embedded Multimedia A transcript has been made available for a multimedia resource that includes audio narration or instruction X
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 X
Embedded Multimedia Audio descriptions of contextual visuals (graphs, charts, etc.) are included in the multimedia resource N/A
Formulas Formulas have been created using MathML N/A
Formulas Formulas are images with alternative text descriptions, if MathML is not an option N/A
Font Size Font size is 12 point or higher for body text X
Font Size Font size is 9 point for footnotes or endnotes X
Font Size Font size can be zoomed to 200% X


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