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Accessibility statement: The OpenScience Laboratory

Accessibility statement: The OpenScience Laboratory

This statement covers information that applies to The OpenScience Laboratory website which is not covered within The University's general accessibility statement and should be read in conjunction with that statement.

The OpenScience Laboratory's website is owned and maintained by The Open University and this accessibility statement describes the compliancy issues with the WCAG 2.1 AA criteria, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This statement covers all OpenScience Laboratory web pages that have been created or substantially changed up to 22 September 2020. When new content is added to the website, it will be evaluated and this statement changed or additional information added as required.

This statement was prepared on 14 May 2020. It was last reviewed on 22 September 2020.

This website was last tested on 24 January 2020. The test was carried out by University staff responsible for The OpenScience Laboratory.

Samples of OpenScience Laboratory pages are chosen to be representative of different types of content across the website with an emphasis placed on those pages with large numbers of users. To undertake the audits, we use a combination of automated and manual testing methods.

Providing support where our website is not accessible

Where elements of the website are not accessible to you, current students and tutors can contact the Computing Helpdesk  who might be able to assist you in accessing The OpenScience Laboratory and other online facilities.

Further Learning Systems guidance and support can be found in the Accessibility area of the Computing Guide (sign-in required), and students who have any other queries should contact their support team and we will provide you with the information you require.

If you are not a student, some information is available to you within the Help Centre and University contact information can be found on our general contact information page, or telephone +44 (0)300 303 5303.

Reporting accessibility problems for The OpenScience Laboratory

We want to know about anything we can do to improve the accessibility of our website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page, is not covered within the general accessibility statement or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the current accessibility regulations (Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018), please use this feedback form.

The form will ask you for the web address (URL) of the page and a description of the problem. We will also ask for your name and email address so that we can contact you about your feedback. You should expect to hear back from us within 5 working days. To open the form in a new browser tab, press ‘CTRL’ whilst clicking on the link or right click the link and select ‘Open link in new tab’ (or similar). Do not use this form if you require immediate study support help – for that please contact your Student Support Team or the Computing Helpdesk, whichever is appropriate.

Enforcement procedure

If you are a current student and have a complaint about the accessibility of our website, you should raise a complaint via the complaints and appeals process. If you are not happy with our response and all our procedures have been exhausted, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations and you can take up your complaint about the accessibility of this site with the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS). If you are based in Northern Ireland, you can contact the Equalities Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI).

If you are neither a student, nor someone who has had contact with the University before and have a complaint about the accessibility of our website, you should go directly to the EASS.

Information about the accessibility of The OpenScience Laboratory

The Open University 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 version 2.1, AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

The OpenScience Laboratory contains a large number of individual pages across the website. The University has a rolling programme of accessibility audit testing across its websites. Samples of OpenScience Laboratory pages are chosen to be representative of different types of content across the website with an emphasis placed on those pages with large numbers of users. To undertake the audits, we use a combination of automated and manual testing methods.

Our website pages are designed to be screen-reader compatible and our aim is for the system to be as accessible and user-friendly as possible for all users. If you find that our website is not accessible to you, please use the feedback option provided within this statement to let us know why and your feedback will be used to help improve our website in the future.

The list of issues on this page have been found through accessibility testing of The OpenScience Laboratory website but due to testing limitations, the list below might not contain every compliance issue with WCAG 2.1 AA. We are working to address these issues as soon as possible, unless stated otherwise.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons:

Page structure

To aid page navigation on other University websites, skip links are provided that enable users to move around our website pages more easily. Skip links are not currently available when navigating The OpenScience Laboratory, this does not meet section 2.4.1 of the WCAG criteria. Development is in progress on implementing skip links across the website and we aim to make these available as soon as possible.

Most of our website pages use the correct HTML mark-up to convey the structure of the page. In some instances, pages will be missing the ‘H1’ heading level mark-up, this does not meet section 1.3.1 of the WCAG criteria. Multiple systems are required in order to build and produce our website pages, this results in a complex page hierarchy, however the hierarchy of the page will still be correct if no ‘H1’ heading level is present. Due to the complex nature of how our pages are produced, it is not suitable to try and implement a ‘H1’ heading level for pages where they are not present. This should not cause any or substantial problems for the majority of users, but if you find the site is not accessible to you for this reason, please use the feedback option provided within this statement to let us know.

Keyboard access

In most circumstances the website is fully keyboard accessible. As specified within the Page structure section, skip links are being added where appropriate to aid navigation and interacting with most features is possible through keyboard use alone.

When navigating an experiment booking page, once a 'Next week', 'Next day' or 'Previous day' link is selected, the screen focus is not visible and it is not clear where the focus is located on the screen, it also does not alert screen reader users which element is currently in focus or where the cursor is located. This does not meet section 2.4.7 of the WCAG criteria. To regain clear screen focus, pressing the TAB key selects the next appropriate 'Next week', 'Next day' or 'Previous day' link.

Colour

We aim to make all website text, graphics and icons the correct contrast ratio according to sections 1.4.3 and 1.4.11 of the WCAG criteria. We are aware of the following areas where the colour contrast ratio requires changing to meet these criteria: the navigation links used within the main website header, the experiment 'Materials' filter setting, the 'Popular experiments' title text and the 'Home' navigation link used at the bottom of experiment pages.

Page content

The HTML and XML code of some website pages will not validate against the appropriate W3C specification, which does not meet section 4.1.1 of the WCAG criteria. We are in the process of evaluating any invalid code on the website and will look to resolve all invalid code instances (where possible) as soon as possible. The validation errors should not cause any or substantial problems for the majority of users, but if you find the site is not accessible to you, please use the feedback option provided within this statement to let us know.

Within the experiment booking pages, some elements are not fully accessible with screen reader software. For example, we are aware that some form entry fields do not have meaningful labels for screen readers, this does not meet section 3.3.2 of the WCAG criteria.

Experiment specific information

We are currently in the process of testing the experiments within the OpenScience Laboratory and will add any necessary information to this statement if required.

We strive to exceed current accessibility standards. However, some elements of some of the experiments might not be fully accessible, for example some of those involving maps, charts, graphs, interactive activities and features.

Audio and video content

Some of the audio and video on the website might not provide appropriate transcripts or captions. This might mean that this content is not accessible for some users, which does not meet sections 1.2.1 and 1.2.2of the WCAG criteria. Where possible, we are working to provide transcripts and captions where they are missing, if you are unable to use any audio or video on the website please use the feedback option provided within this statement to let us know.

Disproportionate burden

Testing has shown that the OpenScience Laboratory is not fully mobile responsive in terms of the platform and some experiments, this does not meet section 1.4.10 of the WCAG criteria.

The commitment in both time and resource required to make the current version of the OpenScience Laboratory platform fully responsive is considered a disproportionate burden.

However, high level requirements for a future version of the OpenScience Laboratory platform have been agreed which include making the platform fully responsive.

Content not within the scope of the accessibility regulation

We do not have anything out of scope at this domain level. If there are any areas out of scope this will be declared within the specific statement for that sub-domain.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

As we build new websites, we strive to ensure that they are accessible and comply with the current legislation. We also review and audit older sites to identify what changes we need to make to improve accessibility. We have a set of internal Accessibility Standards for developers and content creators that tracks legislative changes and is reviewed on an annual basis. Our website development and design processes have stages that test the usability and accessibility of new and updated platforms, activities and services.