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JSTOR Forum uses reasonable efforts to ensure that it adheres to the following standards and guidelines, and our VPAT document is available to download.
- Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. This is measured by the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT), which is a standardized form describing how a product meets each accessibility guideline of Section 508.
Some JSTOR Forum content is available in formats that require document readers or players. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that those products comply with accessibility guidelines. Below are links to the VPATs for these products:
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You can add multiple caption files for your audio and video content in Forum. These files can be selected and turned on or off by users in Forum and in Artstor. WCAG Guideline 1.2 - Time Based Media includes more information about providing captions. The W3C also has a short guide to creating transcripts and captions for your content.
Video flash rate
If uploading video to Forum, it may be useful to review WCAG Guideline 2.3 - Seizures and Physical Reactions to ensure your content is not flashing more than three times in any one second period, or the flash is below the general flash and red flash thresholds.
Alternative text and descriptive text for screen readers
Screen readers will read the title and creator fields as the alternative text for media published to Artstor. You can provide a descriptive and synthesized text alternative to these fields to assist users who have difficulty perceiving visual content. WCAG Guideline 1.1 - Text Alternatives provides more information for non-text content. The W3C has also published a short guide to writing meaningful text alternatives.