This article aims to provide guidance for students who are experiencing accessibility issues with Journal. The Digital Learning Team can recommend some Journal-specific solutions, but as Journal is a web based app, many accessibility issues will be best solved by wider web solutions.
Therefore, where this accessibility guidance is not Journal-specific and signposts to external services and resources, students may find it useful in making other websites more accessible.
For more information on any of the solutions mentioned in the article, email firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch with the FXPlus Accessibility and Inclusion Team by emailing email@example.com.
- FXPlus Accessibility
- My Computer My Way
- Browser Extensions
- Installing Browser Extensions
- Journal Accessibility Plugin
- Toggle the block editor on or off
- Further Support
FXPlus Accessibility and Inclusion
For any accessibility issues effecting your experience at University, we would urge students to contact the FXPlus Accessibility and Inclusion Team for more guidance. The Accessibility and Inclusion Team advise and support students with disabilities, health conditions and specific learning differences, and can recommend a variety of solutions and support.
My Computer My Way
As Journal runs in a web browser, certain improvements can be made in the way that your computer or browser is optimised to improve your experience.
My Computer My Way is an independent website providing guidance for making your computer, tablet and smart phone easier to use and is divided into the following sections: vision, hearing, motor and cognitive (learning differences). A wide range of devices are covered with downloadable factsheets.
Browser extensions can be an extremely effective way of improving the accessibility of websites by giving you more control over the way that websites are displayed. To give you an idea of the potential benefits of browser extensions to working with Journal, the Digital Learning Team has investigated 3 options below.
Important: Browser extensions are external 3rd party applications with their own privacy and user agreements, which you download onto your own device. Falmouth University does not formally endorse any of these 3rd party applications, and it is up to you to decide for yourself whether to accept the terms and conditions.
Journal Accessibility Plugin
High Contrast view
When the Accessibility Plugin is enabled, a contrast toggle will display on the left of the screen, allowing the user to easily switch between the ordinary and high contrast view. The colours are fixed to the black, blue and yellow, considered the maximum high contrast possible.
Force Alt Text
When the Accessibility Plugin is enabled, it becomes essential to add alt text to images. If an image is uploaded and alt text is not added, the image will display as a red cross with the message "This image requires alt text, but the alt text is currently blank. Either add alt text or mark the image as decorative.
The plugin also has a range of additional functionality which we recommend discussing with Digital Learning, or the FXPlus Accessibility and Inclusion Team, including:
- Configure Skiplinks
- Adjust font size
- Remove target attributes from links
- Force search error on empty search submission
- Remove tab index from focusable elements
- Add post title to “more” links
- Add landmark roles to HTML5 structural elements
- Automatically Label WordPress search form and comment forms
- Support longdesc on featured images
- Remove title attributes inserted into post content and featured images
- Enable diagnostic CSS
- Add outline to elements on keyboard focus
- Non-visually identify currently active menu item
- Color Contrast Tester
Toggle the Block editor on and off
For further support on Journal, or to report any issues with this guide, please get in touch with the Digital Learning Team via firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please refer to the numerous help guides found on our Knowledge Base.