Accessibility and msTracker

In 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear the case of a blind man, Guillermo Robles, who sued Domino's pizza after he was unable to order food on their website despite using screen-reading software. In effect, this upheld the decision of a lower court in favor of Mr. Robles.

It was a win for disability advocates, many of whom believe that if businesses do not maintain accessible websites, disabled persons can be effectively shut out from substantial portions of the economy.

It is msTracker's position that persons with disabilities deserve full access not only to the economy of food service, but to the economy of scholarly publishing as well.

In mid-2020, msTracker released a fully-redesigned version whose features included the ability to more easily use the system on mobile devices. Other accessibility improvements were also achieved because of the use of HTML5 and more modern coding practices.

A report taken by the siteimprove.com accessibility tool prior to the release flagged over 200 accessibility issues on msTracker's publicly-facing pages (i.e., the pages one can access without an editorial office account). The same report taken post-release flagged just 65 issues.

Many of these issues have been addressed. The few that remain, as well as those within the editorial offices, will be addressed in ongoing fashion. No errors or service interruptions are expected, as the changes tend to be simple and will be made primarily during off-peak hours.

Should any accessibility issues be encountered, please report them to tech support using the contact form provided or by direct email to access@mstracker.com.


 


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