Accessibility statement

 

Contents of this statement

  1. Using this website
  2. Increasing access on different devices
  3. Overview of how accessible the website is
  4. Contacting us
  5. Technical information about this site’s accessibility
  6. How we tested this website
  7. What we’re doing to improve accessibility

 

1. Using the Screen Archive South East website

This website is owned by Screen Archive South East which is part of the University of Brighton and it is run by a small dedicated team. We want the site to be as accessible as possible, and have considered accessibility since the start of the website’s redevelopment. During this process we’ve aimed to prioritise access to all.

In this section we outline some of the features that are built into the site to help access, how to contact us to make suggestions for improving accessibility, and how you can get content in alternative formats if something is not accessible to you.

On this website you should be able to:

  • Change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • Navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • Navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • Listen to the website using a screen reader
  • Change the size of the browser window but still read the text – as it will reflow in a single column – can zoom up to 300%

 

2. Increasing access on different devices

There are changes you can make to different devices to increase access to our site, depending on how you prefer to access the web, including:

  • Speech output
  • Magnifying the screen
  • Making the mouse point bigger
  • Slowing down the mouse speed
  • Using the keyboard to move around a website

Go to the AbilityNet website for advice on making your device easier to use.

 

3. Overview of how accessible the website is

The site includes the following features to increase accessibility:

  • Text content written in plain English to make it easier to understand
  • A logical layout and easy to find contact details
  • A ‘skip to content’ to go straight to the main site content
  • The use of headings to split up the content visually and to improve navigation by screen-reader users
  • The use of alternative descriptions to describe many images
  • An Accessibility Options in prominent position at the top of the page where you can change the colour contrast on the site
  • ‘Accessing this website’ section outlines ways that the user can adjust settings to make the site more accessible to them.
  • Add link to this accessibility statement from the Accessibility Options section.

During the access review of the website, we manually tested sample pages that covered the main sections and most common user journeys across the site, and used an automated validator to test 17 of the main pages and areas on the site. Based on this sample, we know that some parts of this website and content aren’t fully accessible and will work to rectify them. This includes:

  • Some missing alternative text for some images
  • Heading level issues – we addressed those we found during the test but some might remain – to check in a future access audit
  • Some videos do not have captions or audio descriptions – ideally they’d have captions or audio descriptions making them accessible to all including screen-reader users and D/deaf hard of hearing users
  • Some missing form labels. This is to avoid duplicating instructions for screen reader users.

 

3.1. What to do if you can’t access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format, e.g. in large print, please contact us:

 

3.2. Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If any parts of the website are not accessible for you, please get in touch with us. In particular, if:

  • You cannot access the information on this website and would like to discuss the options of providing content in an alternative format
  • You would like to ask anything or tell us anything about the accessibility of our websites

We’re always looking for ways to improve the accessibility of this website and welcome your feedback. If you find any problems that aren’t listed in this statement or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, get in touch.

We aim to get back to you within 10 working days.

 

4. Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

We have a public office with disabled access. If you would like to arrange an on-site viewing, please email or phone using the contact details outlined above.

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).

 

5. Technical information about this website’s accessibility

SASE is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

In this section, you will find out more about the accessibility of our website and how far it conforms to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 level AA. The known issues are not an exhaustive list, but we have summarised the main problems we found on the site.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to non-compliances including those listed below:

  • Some missing alternative text for images and linked images.
  • Heading level issues – we addressed those we found during the test but some might remain – to check in a future access audit
  • Some videos do not have captions or audio descriptions – ideally they’d have captions or audio descriptions making them accessible to all including screen-reader users and D/deaf hard of hearing users
  • Some missing form labels.

 

5.1. Non compliance with the accessibility regulations

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Accessibility problems

WCAG 2.1 criteria fails on

Why it’s a problem

How to resolve

Date to fix

1. Some images don’t have a text alternative, so the information won’t be accessible to people who can’t see the image or who are using a screen reader. Some linked images are also missing alternative text. 1.1.1. Non-text content

2.4.4. Link purpose (in context)

 

Without alternative text, the content of an image will not be available to screen reader users or when the image is unavailable. Review all images on the site and ensure that they have alt text. Since June 2019 all new images added to the site conform to WCAG 2.1: 1.1.1. and 2.4.4.

SASE will systematically add alt-text to non-conforming images and review its progress annually.

2. Empty and unordered headings This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria:

1.3.1. Info and relationships

2.4.1. Bypass blocks

2.4.6. Headings and labels

 

Some users, especially keyboard and screen reader users, navigate by heading elements. An empty heading will present no information and might be confusing. Also need to check where some heading levels have been skipped, to help with navigation. Missing headings levels were fixed following the audit. From now on we need to ensure that all the headings in the site are in a sensible priority order, without skipping a level – and they’re not used for styling. Test the order and use of headings annually
3. HTML 5 video or audio

A <video> or <audio> element is present. This content should be made accessible to ensure it will be presented to the user if the video or audio content is not supported.

1.2.1 Prerecorded Audio-only and Video-only (Level A)

1.2.2 Captions (Prerecorded) (Level A)

1.2.3 Audio Description or Media Alternative (Prerecorded) (Level A)

1.2.5 Audio Description (Prerecorded) (Level AA)

1.4.2 Audio Control (Level A)

<video> defines video, such as a movie clip or other video streams. <audio> defines sound, such as music or other audio streams. Audio content must be presented in a text format to be fully accessible to users who are deaf and hard of hearing. Video content with audio must have synchronized captions and a transcript. Audio-only content must have a transcript. For any video content with audio, ensure that synchronized captioning of spoken content and an audio description of any action is provided. For action-only video, ensure that a transcript of the main content is provided. SASE is developing a strategy for captioning and describing video content. The strategy will determine a new ‘Accessibility’ programme of work which will be launched in the Summer of 2021.
4. Missing form labels

 

1.1.2. Non-text content

1.3.2. Info and relationships

2.4.7. Headings and labels

3.3.2. Labels or instructions

Where form labels are used, we’ve checked to ensure they are used correctly associated with a form control. Some instances might remain, so need to check these at a future date. The decision to leave some form labels out is, in this case, to accommodate accessibility needs best as it avoids duplicating instructions for screen reader users. For this reason this item won’t need to be reviewed or fixed.

 

5.2. Disproportionate burden

Due to the nature of the archive, the SASE site contains thousands of films, most of which have no audio and are not described. The records include a summary and description, as well as including information on theme, genre and associated key words. Ideally each film would also include captions and audio description to describe the action, and we will explore ways to improve the accessibility of the content by working to add this information to the site.

We will assess the process for addressing this issue. However we believe that to try to complete this work immediately would be a ‘disproportionate burden’ within the meaning of the accessibility regulations, as we do not have the staff and the resources in place to undertake this important activity. We are developing a strategy which will inform an ‘Accessibility’ work plan which will be launched in the Summer of 2021.

 

5.3. Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Some access issues fall outside the scope of the accessibility regulations:

  • PDFs and other documents

Some access issues fall outside the scope of the accessibility regulations:

  • PDFs and other documents

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

  • Some external sites that we link to might not be fully accessible

Some of the content and information that we link to from the site might not meet accessibility standards – we are not responsible for the accessibility of external content and sites. However, where there is a choice, we will always choose the most accessible options.

 

6. How we tested this website for accessibility

We considered accessibility from the start of the site redesign, running access checks to ensure that the target users’ points of view were included at different stages. There were 3 main stages of testing:

  • Wireframe’ testing early plans of the site, to review the planned logic /approach
  • Flat design’ testing of the site – expert audit of usability / visual accessibility.
  • Testing the code with an automated validator, against WCAG 2.1. AA

Most recently we have tested the site and content for accessibility using the WAVE automated validator tool https://wave.webaim.org – to highlight any access problems in relation to WCAG 2.1, and we have included this information in the accessibility statement.

 

7. What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to all and will review this access statement on an annual regular basis.

At that stage we will review the issues listed under ‘Technical information about this website’s accessibility’ and check whether the accessibility problems have been resolved by the date specified. We will also check the accessibility of new content that has been added.

Other ways that we are working to make sure that our website and content is accessible to all include:

  • Raising general awareness of accessibility
  • Undertaking staff training and raising awareness within the organisation
  • Doing more research into how to increase accessibility of content including video and audio
  • Updating our guidelines for staff, external developers and contributors

This statement was prepared on 20th of August 2020.

It was last updated on 20th of August 2020.