Accessibility statement for the UK Data Archive
This website is run by the UK Data Archive. 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.
How accessible this website is
We know some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible:
- some of our older PDF and word documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software
- some of our pages do not have unique titles that indicate their purpose and context
- when using a keyboard to move through a page you can't always tell where you are
- some images on our website do not have appropriate alternative text
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:
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- call (0)1206 872009
We’ll consider your request and get back to you in seven days.
If you can’t view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, call or email us for directions.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
This website is currently undergoing a major update and this will rectify some of the identified accessibility issues during this process. We will also be reviewing some of the older documents that currently have accessibility issues with the intention of moving these to a more accessible format. Staff who provide content for the website are being made aware of accessibility requirements and will consider these when adding new content to the site.
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 accessibility requirements, contact: Fiona Lemon or Annette Pasotti, Senior Communication & Impact Officers, on 01206 872009 or by email: email@example.com.
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, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person
If you contact us before your visit we can arrange liaison with local agencies to provide sign language interpreters or lip speakers through Essex University's Disability Service, subject to cost and availability. We hope to provide audio induction loops in the future, once we have the required technology to host this service.
Find out how to contact us.
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
The UK Data Archive 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
Issues with navigation: page titles
Some of our pages do not have unique titles that indicate their purpose and context. Some page titles are duplicated and these will be amended in the next release of the website (currently underway) to ensure that there is no duplication of page titles. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.2 (page titled).
The duplicate page titles appear on the following web pages within the 'Expertise' and 'Sharing best practice' sections: Research infrastructure, Capacity building and knowledge exchange, Digital curation and data publishing, Information governance and data access, Metadata and data discovery, and Research data management.
Issues with navigation: focus visibility
Although you can use a keyboard to navigate throughout all the web pages, you cannot always tell where you are. This applies to four menus that are not highlighted when they receive focus with a keyboard. We are addressing this issue and will resolve it with the forthcoming update of the website. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.7 (focus visible).
Some images don’t have a text alternative, so the information in them isn’t available to people using a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).
We plan to add text alternatives for all images by September 2020. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
Many of our older PDFs and Word documents don’t meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).
The accessibility regulations don’t require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. However, by September 2020, we plan to fix many of these PDFs or other documents or replace them with accessible HTML pages.
Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
How we tested this website
This website was last tested on 11 September 2019. The test was carried out by the UK Data Archive technical team and communications team using a combination of Total Validator checks and manual checks on a sample of representative pages following the Government accessibility checklist.
We tested pages based on the templates that drive them, essentially testing each template that is in use across the website. We tested our main website platform, available at: www.data-archive.ac.uk and a single sample of each content template that links from this page (landing page, article page, search page and sitemap).
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We will be running regular accessibility checks and ensure that new content added to the website meets accessibility requirements. We will be publishing a roadmap shortly, which will provide detail on how we plan to improve accessibility for this website.
This statement was prepared on 19 September 2019. It was last updated on 19 September 2019.