Accessibility Statement for Alice Thornton's Books

This statement applies to the Alice Thornton's Books site (

This website is run by King's Digital Lab, King's College London (KDL) in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

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

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some part of this website are not fully accessible:

  • Dynamic content is handled with VueJS and we are aware that the rendered HTML includes custom tags that don't pass the W3 Validator. This may interfere with assistive technologies. We are still in the process of assessing the site and plan to ensure all important content, if not all, is accessible;
  • The editorial formatting on some static pages, blog and news articles is sometime inconsistent. We are aware of missing headings on blog posts and missing alternative description of images in various places. The editorial team is planning to resolve those issues before Spring 2024;
  • The book, version and page selectors on the text viewer may cause issues with assistive technologies due to missing labels;
  • The mentions of blank or deleted pages, lines or words in the Text Viewer may be difficult to read due to the lack of contrasting color with the background;
  • In the Text Viewer, some elements such as tooltips, clone buttons and the image view mode are not fully accessible through keyboard navigation alone, and may not work consistently across all browsers;
  • In the Text Viewer some elements are not fully accessible through keyboard navigation alone, and may not work consistently across all browsers, namely:
    • the information box for underlined entities (such as people, place names) in the text are not accessible;
    • the image modal after clicking the camera icon cannot be closed with the keyboard;
    • the keyboard outline for the clone button on each panel appears out of sequential order;
  • On the search page, the long list of filters may cause issues with keyboard only users, due to some limitation of the design and layout, it is not possible to bypass the filters to view the search results. Users may find similar issues when they enlarge the page to 200% zoom;
  • In the Text Viewer, the clone button is hidden in 200% zooming to avoid overcrowding the screen with too many panes. It may not be working consistently across all browsers;

We are aiming to address the above listed accessibility issues on the Text Viewer when a new version of its user interface is released before Summer 2024.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

Please email with details of the problems.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed above and the work in progress still happening on the site.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

KDL looking at fixes and alternatives to the issues listed in the "How accessible this website is" section. In particular we plan to fix the images issue by the end of October 2022.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 7 July 2022. It was last reviewed on 31 January 2024.

This website was last tested on 17 January 2024. The test was carried out by KDL.

We used this approach to decide on a sample of pages to test:

This page is based on the sample template provided by

Citing this web page:

Cordelia Beattie, Suzanne Trill, Joanne Edge, Sharon Howard. 'Accessibility Statement for Alice Thornton's Books'. Alice Thornton's Books. Accessed .