Data Planet Accessibility Guide

Last updated: 20 January 2021

Welcome to the accessibility guide for Data Planet. We frequently make improvements to make our site more accessible, so you may wish to bookmark this page and check back every now and then.

This page is intended as a user guide to the site’s accessibility features. If you would like to request specific information on WCAG 2.1 AA conformance and Section 508 compliance (including VPAT requests), you can message SAGE’s accessibility team at If you’re interested in the accessibility of other SAGE products and formats, or accessibility at SAGE generally, see our global accessibility statement.

Data Planet and Alternative Formats

The Data Planet platform provides data through its interface, as well as options to download the data into Excel, PDF, and XML. All data provided through the platform is DRM-free, which means there are no technical limitations placed on downloading, saving, or printing – though you should ensure that your use of the content is reasonable and complies with our Terms of Use.

Reading and Viewing Guidance – Data Planet Interface

Specific Guidance for Keyboard Navigation

You can use a keyboard to navigate through Data Planet and use its features. Use the tab key to move through the interactive elements of the page and the visible outline will indicate which element has focus. Features on the site have been designed not to rely on mouse-only interactions like hovering.

Skipping Repetitive Content

Data Planet contains a ‘Skip to main content’ link on each page, which becomes visible when it receives focus. This link always appears as the first link on the page, so you can navigate to it by tabbing down once when the page loads, or tabbing back up to the top of the page at any time. Clicking the link will bypass the site’s navigation menus and move focus to the page’s main content.

Specific Guidance for Visually Impaired Users

Reading Order
  • Reading order usually follows the visual order of the content and uses a left-to-right, top-to-bottom convention.

Navigating by Heading
  • Attention has been given to each page’s semantic structure (i.e. its h1 to h6 tags) to ensure that headings are descriptive and useful.

Color Contrast

All text on the platform meets minimum recommended contrast ratios against the background. This is 4.5:1 for normal text and 3:1 for large text. If you still have trouble reading text on the site, the next section contains information about changing the text size. Alternatively, you may find it helpful to use a browser extension to specify your own color combinations, such as Change Colors for Chrome.

Limitations and Exceptions

Some content, particularly pie charts and maps, may contain figures and graphics (including images of text) that do not use sufficient color contrast, or use color as the only means of conveying information. If you find any graphics to be illegible, contact and we will endeavor to update them.

Text Size and Magnification
  • You can change the text size of content and style of text by altering the default font settings in your browser, or you can alternatively use your browser’s zoom functionality.

Text Alternatives for Visual Content

Navigational images and icons, as well as many images in the content itself, contain useful alternative text. When alt text and long descriptions are available in the content, these are rendered in the interface. If you encounter an image that does not have a text alternative, and you need one, you can request alternative text for specific images by contacting

Images that are decorative or incidental are given a ‘null’ alt attribute, so they are properly ignored by screen readers.

Video Limitations and Exceptions
  • Audio descriptions are not currently available for videos found in Data Basics.
Screen Reader Compatibility

Our site is designed to follow a logical reading order and semantic structure rather than work with any specific screen reader. However, we test our site with the following combinations:

  • JAWS and Chrome
  • NVDA and Firefox
  • VoiceOver and Safari
Reading Guidance - PDF

We recommend that users will get the best experience if they read data directly on the Data interface. If you would rather read from the automatically generated PDF, you should bear the following in mind.

Limitations and Exceptions
  • PDFs downloaded from the platform are not tagged for reading order, and so will follow the visual order. The main implication of this is that the page header and footer is read on each page.
  • Although alt text is rendered in PDFs downloaded from the platform, long descriptions are not.
  • PDFs downloaded from the platform inherit any structural or content issues mentioned above, such as unavailable alt text and untagged section headings.

If you do not have a PDF reader installed on your computer, you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC from Adobe.

How to Contact Us

If you have any comments, questions or feedback about the accessibility of Data Planet, SAGE’s accessibility team would love to hear from you. You can contact us at