This website is run by CALAT. 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 300% 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.
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, as detailed below.
All pages on calat.ac.uk have been accessibility tested to WCAG level AA using a combination of the Site Improve Accessibility Chrome Extension and Mac VoiceOver screen reader.
We have worked hard to resolve the majority of accessibility errors and warnings, editing our code and styling where possible to make the website as easy as possible to navigate for users who may have visual impairments or use assistive technologies.
The efforts we’ve made to improve accessibility
- We have limited the number of fonts used to one, and we have chosen a clean sans serif font without embellishments
- No images are used to convey text or meaning, decorative images include an alternate text description
- We use a dark grey for our body text colour to help prevent eye strain
- All colour combinations where text is presented on top of a background colour have been tested to pass colour contrast guidelines level AA
- You can increase the text size in the browser up to 400% without breaking the page layouts or causing any text to spill off the screen
- All links are underlined and have a clear hover and focus style
- All links and interactive elements are keyboard focusable, and interactive elements such as form fields, buttons and tabs use a clear focus style
- All interactive elements including forms are keyboard navigable and use a logical tab order
- Where icons convey semantic meaning a screen reader description has been provided.
- Where icons convey no semantic meaning, an an aria attribute of “aria-hidden=‘true’” has been applied to prevent unwanted noise for users of screen reader technologies
- Sections of the interface are laid out using HTML 5 semantic tags such as header, nav, footer. This conveys meaning when users of assistive technology are navigating the pages
- We have avoided the over use of aria landmarks and roles to prevent unnecessary noise for users of assistive technology
In some cases where third party plugins have been used, we are unable to edit code to the level required to resolve all accessibility errors.
What we are doing about this
In these cases we have contacted the code creators making them aware of the issues we have uncovered.
By doing this we are promoting best practice accessibility and suggesting that improvements could be made in future updates of their code. This may benefit both the users of this website and other websites that share the same plugins.
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, please contact us.
We’ll consider your request and get back to you in five 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, please contact us.
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, you can contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 26 January 2021.
We last tested the website on 15 December 2020.