Keyboard navigation on submenus
Pages with left hand navigation can be tabs logically, but currently have no visual indicator when keyboard users have tabbed to them. Until this is fixed, browser plug-ins like Focus Indicator for Chrome can help make the current focus visible and will make the page easy to navigate without a mouse. This currently fails success criteria 2.4.7 (focus visible). We plan to fix this by 31 January 2020.
Some of our embedded online forms may be difficult to complete when using a screen reader. Our forms are hosted by 3rd party solution providers and incorporated onto webpages as appropriate. We cannot fix these issues directly. In the meantime if you require a specific form please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and request an accessible alternative version.
In addition our course search form in the Study section of the mega-navigation menu fails success criteria 4.1.1 (Parsing) Element ID is Not Unique. We plan to fix this by January 2021.
Search filters are located on the website for: Event / News / Undergraduate Search / Postgraduate Search / Staff Directory filtering for your convenience. They fail success criteria 3.2.2 (On Input) for missing buttons and 1.3.1 (Info & Relationships) where filter options are not grouped. We plan to fix this by January 2021.
Inline Hyperlinks & Broken Links
Pages currently include hyperlinks that are identified only by colour – these can be difficult to see for people with colour vision difficulties. This fails success criteria 1.4.1 (Use of Colour). Whilst we’re working on rectifying this issue, you might find a tool like A+ FontSize Changer Lite helpful – it can automatically underline all hyperlinks on a page. We plan to fix this by 31 January 2021.
We have taken care to ensure that descriptions for screen reader users have been added to elements that display links such as Read more or Find out more across the site for users of assistive technologies. However, there are other instances on the site hyperlink text is non-unique (eg Click here). We are working through the site to identify these and reformat the content concerned to try to eradicate this potential source of confusion for users of assistive technologies. This fails success criteria 2.4.4 (Link Purpose (In Context)). We plan to fix this by 31 January 2021.
Some website content use same link name for links going to different destinations. These fail success criteria 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context) Link text used for multiple different destinations. We plan to fix this by 31 January 2021.
Not all downloadable PDFs on the website are fully accessible. There are approximately 100 PDFs on this website which are not exempt from the regulations but which do not currently fully comply with them. A workflow is in progress to fix these. These PDFs contain machine readable content, but have a number of additional issues to raise their accessibility up to the required standards. These PDFs typically fail accessibility guidelines on combinations of the following success criteria:
- 1.1.1 (Non-text Content), where the PDFs contain images which do not have alternative text specified
- 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships) and 2.4.6 (headings and labels), where the PDFs do not have tagged heading structures or table elements properly defined
- 1.3.2 (Meaningful Sequence), where the text in PDFs has been created using floating text boxes (e.g. using desktop publishing software) or no reading order has been specified, tab order has not been set, or incorporate lists throughout
- 1.4.3 (Contrast (Minimum)), where text may have been created in a colour which does not contrast enough with its background colour
- 2.4.2 (Page Titled), where this is not yet set or does not sufficiently describe the or content of the PDF
- 2.4.6 (Headings and Labels) and 2.4.10 (Section Headings), where PDFs have been created without bookmarks
- 3.1.1 (Language of Page), where PDFs do not have a language specified in them – please read all such PDFs as UK English
There may also be a very small number of PDFs which currently fail success criterion 1.4.5 (Images of Text), where they contain scanned text which may not have been converted to computer-readable text. We plan to complete this by 31 January 2021.
These are not currently keyboard accessible. This fails success criteria 2.1.1 (Keyboard). The virtual tour function was developed by a 3rd party. We cannot fix this (see Disproportionate Burden section below) but sighted keyboard users may find switching on Windows Mouse Keys in the Ease of access panel could help.
In addition, our videos which collectively form the virtual tours, sit on webpages that fail accessibility criteria 3.1.1 (Language of Page) and 1.3.1 (Info & Relationships) - No Top-level Heading on the Page. See Disproportionate Burden section below.
A small number of webpages are reporting WAI-ARIA errors where a non unique ID has been used. These fail success criteria: 1.1.1 (Non-text Content), 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships), 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context), 3.3.2 (Labels or Instructions), and 4.1.2 (Name, Role, Value) "Aria-describedby" has incorrect (ID) reference. We plan to fix this by 31 January 2021.
A small number of our undergraduate course webpages generate accessibility warnings in relation to landmarks with identical names. These fail success criteria 4.1.2 (Name, Role, Value) Landmarks with identical names. We plan to fix this by 31 January 2021.
Our five search listing pages (Undergraduate Courses / Postgraduate Courses / News / Events / Staff Directory) have missing WAI-ARIA states/properties in their filters. These fail success criteria 4.1.2 (Name, Role, Value) Missing required WAI-ARIA states or properties. We plan to fix this by 31 January 2021.
Skip to repeated content
The website currently does not allow users to skip some of the repeated content. This fails success criteria 2.4.1 (No Option to Skip Content). Although we rectified this prior to the deadline, a recent code deployment has corrupted this feature. We plan to rectify this by 30 November 2020.