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All pages hosted on www.bath.ac.uk should be WCAG 2.0 AA compliant.

It is the responsibility of each University faculty, school, centre and service to ensure that its website complies with this policy.

gov.uk has an interesting stance on accessibility, where they don't provide any kind of accessibility statement. They've written about it here.

What we currently do (and don't do)

Existing docs

In our templates

Last detailed review of template accessibility was October 2014

Common

  • (tick) CSS for layout and page style
  • (tick) Valid HTML (for the template)
  • (tick) Valid CSS
  • (question) Tabindex (just search form)
  • (question) "Skip to content" link in page (hidden via CSS)
  • (question) Accesskeys used, but poorly defined (1,2,3)
  • (question) Image alt text - some good, some bad
  • (error) No label for form input element in search
  • (error) No link to web accessibility policy/statement
  • (error) BETSIE link to text version of page
  • (error) JavaScript text resizing tool - requires JavaScript so not really that accessible

V3

  • (tick) CSS for layout and page style
  • (tick) Valid HTML (for the template)
  • (tick) Valid CSS
  • (tick) Label for form input element in search
  • (tick) Link to accessibility information
  • (tick) Good image alt text
  • (question) Tabindex (just search form)
  • (error) No "skip to content", and nav appears before content on page

Foundation 6

  • (tick) Meta viewport definition
  • (tick) CSS for layout and page style
  • (tick) Valid HTML (for the template)
  • (tick) Valid CSS
  • (tick) Label for form input element in search
  • (tick) Link to accessibility information
  • (tick) Good image alt text
  • (question) Tabindex (just search form)
  • (question) Content before nav in HTML structure means no "skip to content" link

Guidance from Computing Services

Assistant Director (Management Information Systems)

  • As part of tender for future software projects, the user interface must be WCAG AA compliant
  • They are gathering contacts so they have a standard consultancy who will perform this check
  • They have asked Internal Audit to add this step to the central university project management guidelines

Assistive Technologist

  • No official Computing Services policy
  • There is a British Standard for accessibility as well as the W3C one
  • AA is a good thing to be aiming for
  • BBC and gov.uk are good non-HE institutions to look at
  • He can help with our minimum legal requirements
  • Whatever we do, we need to make it easy for people to report problems
  • Students and staff with dyslexia (among other disabilities) often find printed materials easier to read than the same info on screen - print stylesheet?
  • Offered to arrange testing with users of different assistive technology from around the university
  • Concerned that those with disabilities have to hunt down accessibility information in different areas

Tools and recommendations

Outcomes from the investigation in October 2014.