Website accessibility

Accessibility statement for Art and the Playfair Library

Website accessibility statement inline with Public Sector Body (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is run by 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:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts;
  • zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen;
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard;
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software;
  • 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.


Customising the website

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

AbilityNet – My computer my way

With a few simple steps you can customise the appearance of our website to make it easier to read and navigate.

Addtional information on how to customise our website appearance


How accessible this website is

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

  • Some parts may not be fully compatible with screen readers:
    • Several artwork photographs are missing alternative text.

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

email is-crc@ed.ac.uk
call 0131 650 8379

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.


Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact:

email interactive-content@ed.ac.uk


Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) directly.

Contact details for the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)


Contacting us by phone using British Sign Language

British Sign Language service

British Sign Language Scotland runs a service for British Sign Language users and all of Scotland’s public bodies using video relay. This enables sign language users to contact public bodies and vice versa. The service operates from 8am to 12 midnight, 7 days a week.

British Sign Language Scotland service details


Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Edinburgh is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non accessible content

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

Non compliance with the accessibility regulations
  • Errors
    • Linked image missing alternative text
      • Several WAVE errors for ‘missing alternative text’.
      • WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria:
        • 1.1.1 Non-text Content (Level A).
        • 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context) (Level A)
      • This will be fixed by the end of January 2021.
  • Alerts
    • Possible heading
      • Several WAVE alerts for ‘possible heading’. Due to the short length of some paragraphs (i.e. less than 50 characters) the WAVE tool suggest converting some text to section headers.
      • WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria:
        • 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (Level A)
        • 2.4.1 Bypass Blocks (Level A)
        • 2.4.6 Headings and Labels (Level AA)
      • This reported error is believed to be a false positive.
Disproportionate burden
  • None.
Navigation and accessing information
  • See ‘Non compliance with the accessibility regulations’ section.
Interactive tools and transactions
  • See ‘Non compliance with the accessibility regulations’ section.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

  • None.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 15th January 2021. The test was carried internally by the Interactive Content service within the Information Services Group.

Our primary web accessibility evaluation tools were:

  • WAVE (Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool) from WebAIM
  • Colour Contrast Analyser (CCA) from the Paciello Group.

The sample pages tested cover all published content types and design templates. We tested:


What we’re doing to improve accessibility

This statement was prepared on 11th January 2021. It was last updated on 15th January 2021.

Improvement log

15th January 2021
  • Missing alternative text added to more images, please note this work is ongoing:
    • Several WAVE errors for ‘missing alternative text’.
    • WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria:
      • 1.1.1 Non-text Content (Level A).
      • 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context) (Level A)
11th January 2021
  • Increased colour contrast ratios throughout WordPress template to comply with both AA normal and large text minimum recommendations.
    • A (Normal AA text – 4.5:1 minimum)
      • Was #00A692 (2.7:1 on #F0F0F0 background)
      • Now #007A6C (4.6:1)
    • H2 (AA large text – 3:1 minimum)
      • Was #F25F6E (2.8:1 on #F0F0F0 background)
      • Now #F15060 (3:1)
  • Disabled CSS that forced uppercase elements and reverted to sentence case throughout.
  • Added underlines to all hyperlinks to clearly identify interactive elements.
  • Added sitemap listing all published content, linked in footer.