Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement for the International Plant Names Index (IPNI)

Keyboard / Voice input

  • The remove search input button on the search field cannot be accessed
  • The yellow visible focus indicator has insufficient contrast in some areas
  • The hamburger menu doesn’t have a visible focus indicator


  • The menu bar is unscrollable when the page size is increased.
  • Some areas have insufficient colour contrast
  • Content that appears on hover and focus cannot be easily dismissed by using a keyboard

Screen readers

  • Some images have inaccurate alternative text
  • Custom controls, such as accordions and tabs can be difficult to use
  • Some form fields don’t announce whether it’s required or not
  • Radio buttons haven’t been grouped using the appropriate HTML
  • The registration progress bar isn’t communicated to screen reader users clearly
  • Error messages aren’t automatically announced to screen reader users
  • Some buttons are missing labels


  • Some error messages are browser-based and have a time limit.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

  • Tab panels, accordions and toggle buttons have not been marked up appropriately, failing “Name, Role, Value” (4.1.2)
  • A number of images do not have appropriate text assigned, failing “Non-text Content” (1.1.1)
  • There is no visible focus on the hamburger menu, failing “Focus Visible” (2.4.7)
  • The remove search input button on the search field bar cannot be accessed with a keyboard, failing “Keyboard” (2.1.1)
  • Some visible focus indicators do not meet the contrast threshold, failing “Non-Text Contrast” (1.4.11)
  • The hamburger menu is unscrollable when the page is zoomed in, failing “Reflow” (1.4.10)
  • An aria-required attribute has not been implemented on required form fields, failing “Info & Relationships” (1.3.1)
  • Radio buttons titles have not been assigned as a “fieldset”, failing “Info & Relationships” (1.3.1)
  • The progress bar visually communicates the users progress in the Registration, however this information is not conveyed to users who rely on a screen reader, failing “Name, Role, Value” (4.1.2)
  • Error messages are not automatically announced to screen reader users, failing “Info & Relationships” (1.3.1)
  • HTML didn’t conform to the W3C specification, failing “Parsing” (4.1.1)
  • Some error messages rely on browser-based error messages which have a time limit and disappear after a few seconds, failing “Info & Relationships” (1.3.1) and “Timing Adjustable” (2.2.1)
  • The search field is too small for users to see their input when the page is zoomed in, failing “Reflow” (1.4.10)
  • Error messages & helper text are not associated with form fields, failing “Info & Relationships” (1.3.1)
  • Labels were inaccurate on some form fields, failing “Info & Relationships” (1.3.1)
  • The keyboard focus order can be confusing for keyboard users on the Register a Plant Name page, failing “Focus Order” (2.4.3)
  • Content that appears on focus and hover cannot be dismissed with the use of keyboard, failing “Content on Hover or Focus” (1.4.13)
  • Search results are updated automatically without users request, failing “On Input” (3.2.2)
We plan to resolve the issues on over the next 12 months and will update this statement when progress has been made.