Accessibility

This accessibility statement applies to www.cityofbristol.ac.uk

Site Essentials

This website is run by Bluestone360 and we want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. We have designed the site to work well with assistive technologies such as screen readers. All pages on the site meet level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) accessibility standards. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We are committed to working with experts and users to ensure we identify problems relating to accessibility and provide solutions.

User Experience

To ensure all our users have the best possible experience we will always:

  • Use an easy-to-read font
  • Write in plain English, avoiding jargon
  • Use clear, descriptive link text
  • Use text equivalents (alt tags and tooltips) for the majority of images and links
  • Provide simple, consistent site navigation
  • Provide a breadcrumb trail on all pages to show the path from the homepage to the current page
  • Use html heading tags to convey page structure
  • Include a site search box on each page (a course-specific search is included in the courses section)
  • Provide a sitemap

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

This website is partially compliant with WCAG 2.1 AA standard due to matters below:

  • There are some areas where ARIA labels do not exist and need to be added in for full compliance
  • Some areas of the site have low colour contrast

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

The above mentioned content is not accessible for the following reasons:

  • ARIA Roles / Screenreader Text

Broadly speaking ARIA roles / labels are present. This means that form inputs, hyperlinks and menus are mostly accessible to screen readers. However, there are some areas where ARIA labels do not exist and need to be added in for full compliance.

  • Colour Contrast

Some areas of the site have low colour contrast which will make it more difficult for the visually impaired to use the site effectively. An example of this is found in the header at the top of the page: The text is slightly too light on the background to pass WCAG specification (ratio of 3:1).

We are committed to working with Bluestone360 and users to ensure we identify problems relating to accessibility and provide solutions. We will address the above matters of non-compliance by 31 December 2020.

We welcome comments, questions and suggestions about accessibility from all our users – send us your feedback.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 21 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 22 September 2020.

This website was last tested on 18 September 2020. The test was carried out by Bluestone360.

We used an approach of testing a number of sample pages, including homepage template, landing page template, course archive, course page template and inner page template.

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