[Athen] JSTOR inaccessibility

Michael O'Brien obriemic at hvcc.edu
Wed Apr 23 05:39:21 PDT 2008

If these items need to be scanned, why not get a program such as Open
Book, which converts the images to text, directly, rather than printing out
the pages and re-scanning and converting them? This, of course, assumes
JSTOR isn't doing its part to make its items truly accessible.



From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Howard Kramer
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 6:29 PM
To: 'Access Technologists in Higher Education Network'
Subject: [Athen] JSTOR inaccessibility

Hello Folks:

Has anyone else run into the problem of JSTOR no longer providing Tiff
versions of their articles. You can download the pdf but it seems locked in
the sense that it can't be read by JAWS (it's an image pdf), it's not
tagged, and you can't run it through OmniPage. All you can do is print a
hard copy and then scan it. You can request them to tag the document but
they indicate this is a 3 day turnaround. This all seems like a major
downgrade from past access.

I sent an e-mail off to them (they don't list a phone number). They have a
whole page on the accessibility of the new site and it's compliance with ADA
& 508 but a 3 day turnaround does not seem ADA/508 compliant.


Howard Kramer
Assistive Technology Lab Coordinator
AT Conference Coordinator
Disability Services
CU-Boulder, 107 UCB
Boulder, Co 80309

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