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 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] 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.