We are working to meet the compliance as specified in The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 by the September 2020 deadline.
Meanwhile, the content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
We aim to improve the education of our content editors on web accessibility best practice. We have given our web content creators a checklist to follow to encourage best practice with formatting, page structure and readability. We've also provided author guidance for all types of document creation. We are working on further training packages.
Issues with images, video and audio
- Images on some departmental or service page(s) may not have alternative text. We have added a feature to our content editor so that all images on editing will need to be given an alt tag or tick a box to say the image is for decorative purposes only. Over time this will improve the volume of images without appropriate alt text, we are starting with high-traffic web pages and working from there. WCAG criterion 1.1.1 Non-text Content
- Although we strongly discourage the practice there may be some content created deep within our site which has images of text or poor contrast. WCAG criterions 1.4.5 Images of Text and 1.4.3 Minimum Contrast
- We don’t plan to create a transcript, caption, audio description or sign language interpretation to pre-recorded audio and video published before 23 September 2020, if this was not done at the time of creation. As we believe this content to. be exempt under the PSBAR regulation. New pre-recorded audio and video after that date and live audio and video after 14 days will be appropriately created and we'd anticipate the older content is replaced or removed over time.
Issues with PDFs and other documents
Many of our older PDFs and Word documents don’t meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not have been written in a way that is accessible to a screen reader. Some of these PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages by September 2020.
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.
Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
Inaccessible PDF resources we are aware of are:
- Pay climate - We've been checking these and the majority of them are partly accessible.
- The Funambulist - These PDFs have no tagging, headings, alt text, structure or reading order.
Issues with interactive tools and transactions
- Older slideshows are currently hard to tab through, we are transitioning or web content to a new accessible slideshow, starting with high traffic pages. These slideshows tend to be used to decorate web pages rather than to provide important content. WCAG criterion 2.1.2 Keyboard trap
- Our web site includes an interactive map supplied by a third party, this is unlikely to be accessible, we will review the interactive map and request accessibility changes when the next major revision of the map occurs. Alternative map formats are available.
- Some of our interactive forms are difficult to navigate using a keyboard. For example, because some form controls are missing a ‘label’ tag, we have a fix for this issue awaiting deploy. We aim to fix any other issues as we discover them by September 2020. WCAG criterion 2.5.3 Label in Name
- We make use of a free third party, open-source date picker within our calendar page template (Bootstrap 3 Datepicker). This date picker generates some empty table header markup. This may have a negative effect on some users of assistive technology when they use a calendar page on pages like this calendar, for example.
- Postgraduate students applying to Warwick via the Applicant Portal should note an issue using the Document upload buttons. The document upload buttons do not work for users who are only using a keyboard, as at 30th March 2020. We have identified a solution, and we are working to implement this as soon as possible. In the meantime, users who are unable to upload documents should contact appquery at warwick dot ac dot uk for assistance.
- At Warwick, we have marking management and student administration systems, called: Tabula, Moodle and MyWBS. These systems make use of Similarity Checking Services (to check the similarity of assignments with each other). The third-party service used centrally is Turnitin. Turnitin generates Similarity Reports on assignments submitted to Tabula, Moodle or MyWBS via the Feedback Studio Interface. For accessibility of the Feedback Studio interface, please see Turnitins PDF . We note that Turnitin also provides a Text Only Report which may be easier to navigate.