Website Accessibility Statement

Intellectual Property & Technology Journal is committed to providing a website that achieves good standards of accessibility so that its content is accessible to the widest possible audience.

The structure of our website and how it displays information is designed to be accessible regardless of technology or ability.

All new content is checked to ensure compliance. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so aim to adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.

If you are a visually impaired user, or are using screen reading software, and encounter difficulties using sections of our website please contact us. We will work to modify the pages as soon as possible.

Standards compliance

We strive to maintain accessibility standards by employing best practice techniques and also observing the latest World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) guidelines, where possible.

This website endeavours to conform to level A of W3C’s WCAG 1.0, which provides guidance on how to make web content more accessible and user-friendly.

Design

Primary content used throughout this website is selectable, non-graphical and screen-reader friendly.

Text used throughout this website has been assigned relative font sizes so that it may be resized if required.

HTML/CSS

This website has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). The website displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant HTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly. If your browser or browsing device does not support CSS, the content of each page should still be readable.

Responsive layout

A responsive website design responds to your behaviour and specific device, based on screen size and platform. We build responsive pages using a mix of flexible grids, layouts, images and CSS media queries. As you switch from a laptop to a phone or tablet, the responsive pages automatically resize.

Unfortunately, older browsers like Internet Explorer 8 and earlier do not understand the use of CSS media queries. This means our responsive pages show a desktop view for these browsers.

For example, if you’re using Explorer 8 or below and would like to magnify text, images and controls on the page, you can use the ‘Zoom’ feature. Change the zoom level with the magnifying glass icon on the bottom right corner of each Explorer window or from the page menu. Choose 100%, 125%, or 150%, or, specify magnification up to 1,000%.

Portable Document Format

Some documents on our website are produced in portable document format (PDF). In order to improve viewing of these files, please download the latest version of Adobe Reader, which is available for free at the Adobe website. Alternative accessible formats also are provided, where possible, most commonly through a text or HTML file.

Navigation aids

The home page and all archive pages include a search box with an appropriate accesskey assigned.

Links

Hyperlinks in this website have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target (such as the headline of an article).

Images

Images used in this website include descriptive, alternative (ALT) tag attributes and purely decorative graphics include null ALT tag attributes, where possible.

External websites

All links to external websites have been marked. We are not responsible for the content or accessibility of these referenced websites.

Browser compatibility

The website has been tested on Windows and Apple (Mac OS). The website has also been tested across the following browsers:

Windows:
Internet Explorer 10
Internet Explorer 11
Microsoft Edge
Firefox (Latest version)
Chrome (Latest version)

Mac OS:
Safari (Latest version)
Firefox (Latest version)
Chrome (Latest version)
Tor (Latest version)

Mobile:
Safari and Chrome on iOS
Chrome on Android

Other

The website also supports the following additional accessibility features:

– high contrast (between foreground text/background colours)
– search functions
– scalable fonts (ability to scale text via browser)

Exceptions

Whilst we strive to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of our website. We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the website up to the same level of overall accessibility. In the meantime should you experience any difficulty in accessing our website, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact

We encourage any users who experience any problems with the site, or have any feedback to contact us.

We will work to solve any issues as a priority and where possible, respond to individual requests for information in alternative formats.