AcademicPub Logo

Voluntary Product Accessbility Template (VPAT)
AcademicPub - VPAT for Instructor

AcademicPub uses this VPAT to report information on its accessibility for Educators and Admininstrators. A different VPAT is used to report information on our accessibility for students - please visit Student VPAT for full details. This report was prepared using a standard form developed by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) VPAT to make preliminary assessments regarding a product's compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (accessibility of data and information to people with disabilities.)


Supports - Product FULLY meets the letter and intent of the Criteria.

Supports with Exceptions - Product does not ENTIRELY meet the letter and intent of the Criteria, but does provides some level of access.

Supports through Equivalent Facilitation - Product provides alternative methods to meet the intent of the Criteria.

Does not Support - Product does not meet the letter or intent of the Criteria.

Not Applicable - The Criteria does not apply to the product.

Summary Table

Section Criteria Supporting Features Remarks and explanations
1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems Not Applicable All product software applications are web-based
1194.22 Web-based internet information and applications Does not Support See Criteria Section Below
1194.23 Telecommunications Products Not Applicable No Telecommunication Products are included
1194.24 Video and Multi-media Products Not Applicable Product does not include video nor multi-media
1194.25 Self-Contained, Closed Products Not Applicable Product is not a Self-Contained Product
1194.26 Desktop and Portable Computers Not Applicable Product is not a computer of any kind
1194.31 Functional Performance Criteria Not Applicable Product does not include functional performance modules.
1194.41 Information, documentation, and support. Supports with Exceptions See Criteria Section Below

Section 1194.22 Web-based Internet information and applications

Row Criteria Supporting Features Remarks and explanations
A A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via "alt", "longdesc", or in element content). Does not Support Numerous examples of buttons and descriptive images that are lacking alt-text exist. (ex: the "Sign-In" button, and several "Submit" buttons)
B Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation. Supports with Exceptions Site avoids the use of multi-media. However several tutorial videos exist that lack subtitles for the hearing impaired.
C Web pages shall be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup. Supports The instructor site avoids dependence on color - and all information is delivered without reliance of color.
D Documents shall be organized so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet. Does not Support Site pages are organized and displayed with reliance on Cascading Style Sheets for the proper display (both for location as well as sequence of display as the user navigates).
E Redundant text links shall be provided for each active region of a server-side image map. Not Applicable The instructor site does not make use of image maps in any way.
F Client-side image maps shall be provided instead of server-side image maps except where the regions cannot be defined with an available geometric shape. Not Applicable The instructor site does not make use of image maps in any way.
G Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables. Supports with Exceptions Column Headers are present for most tables. Several multi-column tables lack heading one or two columns (For example: "My Projects" lacks column header for the 8th and final column). In addition, the tables used for "Recommendations" have no column header. Row Headers are not used; however rows commonly have associated markups that are enumerated.
H Markup shall be used to associate data cells and header cells for data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers. Supports with Exceptions Multiple logical levels exist within the Library Results table - and there is associated mark-up (row ids) that relate these levels. However, in the case of grouped items (which are used in the display of Book Chapters), associated chapters are related by class instead of id and thus require a more complicated association method.
I Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation Not Applicable The instructor site does not make use of frames.
J Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz. Not Applicable The student site does not cause screen to flicker.
K A text-only page, with equivalent information or functionality, shall be provided to make a web site comply with the provisions of this part, when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way. The content of the text-only page shall be updated whenever the primary page changes. Not Applicable The instructor site does not offer a text-only page in order to comply with any provisions.
L When pages utilize scripting languages to display content, or to create interface elements, the information provided by the script shall be identified with functional text that can be read by Assistive Technology. Does not Support Site utilizes JavaScript functions throughout that may not adequately accommodate Assistive Technology to identify and interpret displays.
M When a web page requires that an applet, plug-in or other application be present on the client system to interpret page content, the page must provide a link to a plug-in or applet that complies with 1194.21(a) through (l). Does not Support Site makes use of Adobe plug-ins for Reader and Flash. Links are supplied, however - these plug-ins may or may not meet Section 1194.21 criteria.
N When electronic forms are designed to be completed on-line, the form shall allow people using Assistive Technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues. Supports through Equivalent Facilitation Simple forms (such as "Create a Project"; "Send Project" and "Complete a Book" forms) should easily accommodate Assistive Technology. However, there are more complex forms that may not adequately accommodate Assistive Technology to identify and interpret displays (for example, "Registration" form includes a complex set of interacting and hierarchical drop-down lists and the "Royalty Interview" form is a complex set of interacting, hierarchical expanding divs).
O A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links. Not Applicable The student site does not make use of repetitive navigation.
P When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required. Not Applicable The student site does not perform timed responses.

Section 1194.41 Information, documentation, and support

Row Criteria Supporting Features Remarks and explanations
A Product support documentation provided to end-users shall be made available in alternate formats upon request, at no additional charge. Supports through Equivalent Facilitation Instructional documentation is delivered via multiple web pages and many are available in Word or PDF format. Additional formats are available upon request.
B End-users shall have access to a description of the accessibility and compatibility features of products in alternate formats or alternate methods upon request, at no additional charge. Supports Descriptions of Accessibility features are delivered via multiple formats, free of charge.
C Support services for products shall accommodate the communication needs of end-users with disabilities. Supports with Exceptions Support services are available with direct access to customer service representative via telephone, email, and text chat during standard business operating hours.