Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement

This is the Accessibility Statement for Edinburgh Law School WordPress Multisite

Using this website

This website is run by Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this WordPress website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • using your browser’s settings, 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)
  • use the website even if JavaScript is turned off

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand. However, some of our content is technical, and we use technical terms where there is no easier wording we could use without changing what the text means.

If you have a disability then AbilityNet has advice to help you make your device easier to use.

Edinburgh University’s Information Services has further information on customising browser settings.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible:

  • the text won’t reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window
  • you can’t modify the line height or spacing of text
  • most older PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software
  • some videos don’t have captions
  • our online forms can be difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
  • some 3rd party “widgets” are not fully accessible

What to do if you can’t 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:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 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 that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact communications@law-school.ed.ac.uk with your concerns and/or the issues you have discovered, we’ll do our best to improve things and get you the information you need.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Edinburgh Law School 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

We have embedded videos on the site. We strive to make all of our content accessible. We aim to always provide a text summary of the video content, and we aim to provide closed captioning and/or text transcripts for video content. However, some of our videos, or videos we link to and/or embed, may currently lack captions.

We have publication documents which are in PDF format, some of which may not have been designed for accessibility

Our web editors are trained to be very selective in what 3rd-party embedded content is allowed on the website. This is mainly embedded video content, however it is possible that other media types could be embedded (e.g maps).

How we tested this website

We base the majority of our WordPress websites on the Smartline WordPress Theme. The accessibility developer work we do is based upon usage of this theme. 

An audit of the website content type templates was taken checking against the WCAG 2.0 Level AA Guidelines in 01/12/2019.

We have been using the tool Squiz Codesniffer Bookmarklet to check against WCAG 2.0 Level AA guidelines. We then manually check for issues up to 2.1 level AA  standard using ARC Toolkit.

In addition, we conduct internal testing against known accessibility issues which are not able to be found through automated testing, on a sampled basis.

We aim for the majority of our WordPress multisite websites to use the Smartline WordPress Theme. We look to move any legacy WordPress website in time to this Smartline WordPress, or a similarly suitable Accessible design theme.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We actively seek to improve the accessibility on our website. Our website is governed by a Website Development and Policy Committee which meets regularly to prioritise work on the website, and accessibility is a standing item on the agenda.

This statement was prepared in 03/12/2019. It was last updated in 14/01/2020.