Accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 11 March 2020.

Brill is committed to ensure our websites are easily accessible for everyone. By adopting best practices and striving to adhere to current guidelines and recommendations we are continuously working towards improving accessibility. Wherever possible, Brill strives to comply with Section 508 Amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, EN 201 549 Accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT products and services in Europe – v2.1.2 (2018-08) and level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1).

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colors, contrast levels and fonts. Different browsers include these options under different menus – they can usually be found under Tools, Settings, Options, Content or Reading View depending on the browser.
  • zoom in up to 200% without loss of content or functionality
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • use text to speech tools to read out website content (e.g. ClaroRead for Chrome browser). Text to speech tools are built into some browsers (e.g. Microsoft Edge) and are available as a plug-in for many others. Your phone, tablet or laptop accessibility settings are also likely to provide text to speech functionality.
  • locate a web page within a set of pages in more than one way

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

For guidance in making your computer more accessible, we recommend the AbilityNet website. This provides help with seeing the screen, using keyboard and mouse, hearing sounds and reading and spelling.

Available formats

Most of our content is available in both plain text and XML format and are not protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM).

Browser and mobile device support

dh.brill.com/scholarlyeditions is optimized for modern browsers including Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Google Chrome. You may experience unexpected behavior in other browsers, although we use fully validated code which should work on any browser.

dh.brill.com/scholarlyeditions is responsive, it re-organizes itself depending on the screen size and orientation of the device being used to view it. We test the experience on various devices including most popular IOS, Android and MS Windows phones and tablets.

How accessible this website is

The majority of this website is fully accessible, and we run regular audits to identify any new problems. However, we know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • Heading use within content is not always consistent.
  • Minor reduction in functionality when navigation solely with a keyboard.
  • Bypassing blocks in library components is supported but requires improvements.
  • Dynamic page titles can be improved by supplying more descriptive texts indicating page context.
  • Tab navigation is missing.
  • Certain white - gray contrasts need to be improved.

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

We publish all titles in plain text, XML and HTML formats. In case a title is unavailable in a suitable format you can enquire this via our Accessibility Officer (accessibility@brill.com). We will consider your request and aim to get back to you in 5-7 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact our Accessibility Officer at accessibility@brill.com.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed in the report attached below.

We have commissioned an independent Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) report to help us understand where we can improve accessibility of this website. The latest report can be downloaded below. As we improve the accessibility of our website, we will provide updated VPATs on this page.

Download VPAT for dh.brill.com/scholarlyeditions - 11 March 2020 (PDF)

How we test this website

We regularly test our website against the current guidelines and recommendations and prioritize any actions that derived from testing on our development roadmap.

What we are doing to improve accessibility

The majority of our website is already accessible for most users. We are continuously working on improving the experience for all our users and have identified the areas below for further improvements:

  • Make heading use within content more consistent.
  • Fully support keyboard navigation
  • Further improve bypassing blocks in library components.
  • Improve dynamic page titles by supplying more descriptive texts indicating page context.
  • Add tab navigation.
  • Enhance certain white - gray contrasts.

Engagement with accessibility services

Brill has engaged with RNIB Bookshare collections (formerly Load2Learn) by donating digital files to the collection to ensure that accessible content reaches print disabled learners as fast as possible.