Our community cares deeply about accessibility and we continue to look for opportunities to deliver more accessible web services to ensure users of all abilities have their needs met.
Digital Commons is committed to achieving WCAG 2.0 AA compliance, the gold standard of accessibility. This is reflected in updates to our Accessibility Statement and VPAT. We use the VPAT to measure our progress against the WCAG 2.0 AA goal, and we have updated to meet that goal. Another important step towards this goal is a set of new enhancements to our branded cover pages for better accessibility without sacrificing discoverability. These enhancements also give the cover pages a cleaner, more modern design.
We are very pleased to announce that Digital Commons’s newly enhanced customer-branded cover pages include accessibility tags, improved fonts and more readable colors specifically chosen to optimize accessibility. Branded cover pages are a key Digital Commons feature designed to improve discoverability of institutional repository (IR) content. These cover pages also ensure users who go directly to a PDF from a search result see the IR brand on the cover page. In addition, custom metadata options and hyperlinks can lead visitors back to the IR to discover more of your content. Now, when PDFs are appropriately tagged by DC admins prior to uploading into Digital Commons, the enhanced cover pages will result in a discoverable file that will meet accessibility scans.
Because Digital Commons is a hosted solution, the cover page enhancements will be supported for all customers and will be applied to all new submissions going forward. You still retain the ability to configure and customize your cover pages. The new cover pages can be retroactively added to existing content in the IR – simply contact your Consultant.
Accessibility Enhancement FAQ for Digital Commons