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

This website is run by the Digital Curation Centre at 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
  • you can use your browser settings to customise most of the content
  • there are no time limits
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • 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.

Additional 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
  • not all colour contrasts may meet sufficient contrast levels
  • you may not be able to access all content by using the keyboard alone
  • it may be hard to tell where you have navigated to
  • not all images have alternative text
  • not all videos have subtitles
  • there are moving images that can't be paused
  • some links open pop-ups without warning
  • not all icons have tooltips

Feedback, reporting problems and contact information

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 in 5 working days.

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 let us know.

Contacting us by phone using British Sign Language

British Sign Language service

contactSCOTLAND-BSL 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 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

ContactSCOTLAND-BSL service details

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)

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 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

The full guidelines are available at:
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1

Non accessible content

The website content is non-accessible for the reasons listed below. Unless specified otherwise a complete solution or significant improvement will be in place by January 2021.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
Reason Regulation
All non-text content that is presented to the user has a text alternative 1.1.1 Non-text Content
There may not be sufficient colour contrast between font and background colours, especially where the text size is very small 1.4.3 - Contrast (Minimum)
Visual information to identify user interface components, such as keyboard focus, do not always have a sufficient contrast ratio 1.4.11 - Non-text contrast
Most tooltips disappear as soon as the cursor moves. Also, tooltips are not present for all icons and images 1.4.13 - Content on Hover or Focus
It is not possible to use a keyboard to access all the content

2.1 - Keyboard accessible

2.1.2 No Keyboard Trap
It is not always clear to tell where you have navigated to when you are using a keyboard 2.4.7 Focus Visible
There are pop up’s that appear without warning 3.2.2 On Input
3.2.5 Change on Request
Motion animation triggered by interaction cannot be disabled 2.3.3 Animation from Interactions
Captions are not provided for all pre-recorded video content 1.2.2 Captions (Prerecorded)
It is not always clear from the title of the link what the link’s purpose is 2.4.9 Link Purpose (Link Only)

How we tested this site

This website was last manually tested in May 2020. The website was tested by the University of Edinburgh’s Disability Information Officer on a PC using the Microsoft Edge browser. The Internet Explorer (11.0.9600.19236) browser could not be used for testing as there was an issue with accepting cookies. We would normally test using Internet Explorer as this has been shown to the browser most commonly used by disabled users in the Government assistive-technology-survey. Edge is the official Microsoft replacement for Internet Explorer, and therefore the the browser that will increasingly be used for viewing websites.

As well as manual testing we also ran a sample of pages using the automated WebAIM WAVE tool, could be used.

We tested the whole website to ensure all the main features of the website as follows:

  • Spellcheck functionality
  • Data validation
  • Scaling using different screen resolutions
  • Options to customise the interface (magnification, font, background colour, etc.)
  • Keyboard navigation
  • Warning of links opening in a new tab or window
  • Information conveyed in colour or sound only
  • Flashing or scrolling text
  • Operability when Javascript is disabled
  • Use with screen reading software (e.g. JAWS)
  • Assistive Software, including TextHelp Read and Write, and Zoomtext
  • Tooltips and text alternatives for any non-text content
  • Time limits

What we're doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to work with our in house developers to address these issues and deliver a solution or suitable workaround and correct issues directly under our control. While we are in the process of resolving these accessibility issues, or where we are unable to, we will ensure reasonable adjustments are in place to make sure no user is disadvantaged.

We will carry out further accessibility testing if significant changes are made to the user interface or if a user raises an issue.

We plan to resolve the issues that are within our control by January 2021.

Information Services and accessibility

Information Services (IS) has further information on accessibility, including assistive technology, creating accessible documents, and services IS provides for disabled users:

Assistive technology, creating accessible documents, and services IS provides for disabled users

This statement was created on 19th May 2020 and last updated on 19th May 2020.