Accessibility statement

Accessibility Statement for Ligatus’s website

This website and subsites are run by Dr. Athanasios Velios, Reader in Documentation, University of the Arts London (UAL). This accessibility statement applies to the websites served under the following domain: ligatus.org.uk.

This website uses HTML 5 (HyperText Mark-up Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to render content. We have also used other technologies including JavaScript on certain areas of the website. The website is structured using the Drupal Content Management System.

We commit to ensuring this website is as accessible as possible and we want as many people as possible to be able to use it. This means that you should be able to:

  • access the website regardless of the device and browser you are using
  • 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

We have also tried to make the website text as easy to understand as possible although we recognise we have more work to do on this.

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

How accessible this website is

We know that some parts of the website are not fully accessible:

  • page elements including menus are not tagged for assistive technology (ARIA attributes)
  • page elements with click functionality are not always marked as such
  • some javascript functions are built using links which do not lead anywhere
  • the colour contrast of text colour in front of specific backgrounds isn’t sufficient. For example, the colour contrast of text in the header is low
  • the menu button under the header cannot be triggered using the keyboard
  • embedded content served by external websites may not be accessible
  • some page regions do not have a label
  • some images may be missing alternative text
  • some alternative text is not descriptive of the image, especially when photographs of documents are presented which would require transcription

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in an alternative, more accessible format please contact Dr. Athanasios Velios: a.velios@arts.ac.uk
Please include details of the content you need and the required format or the service you are trying to access.
We aim to provide you with an initial response within two working days and will provide clear information about how we will deal with your request.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: Dr. Athanasios Velios: a.velios@arts.ac.uk
We aim to provide you with an initial response within two working days and will provide clear information about how we will deal with your enquiry or complaint.
If you feel we have not answered your enquiry or complaint satisfactorily, please contact us again. We will escalate your enquiry or complaint to Prof Malcolm Quinn, Associate Dean of Research in Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon colleges who will work with the team who provides the content or the service to get you a response.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

For information about contacting us by phone or to arrange a visit to our offices please visit the Contact Us page or find our address and telephone at the footer of every webpage on the website.

More information about accessing our buildings is available from AccessAble.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

UAL is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • Some images may not have alternative (alt) text descriptions. This fails WCAG Success Criterion 1.1.1 Non-text Content (Level A). We plan to add alt text to all of our images in September 2020.
  • The colour contrast of the text on most header templates and in the page views of the John Latham Archive subsite does not meet the minimum required colour contrast ratio of 4.5:1 for normal text. This fails WCAG Success Criterion 1.4.3: Contrast (Minimum) (Level AA). We intend to fix this problem by the end of 2020.

What we are doing to improve accessibility

We are applying for funding to upgrade our instance of Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 which includes better assistive technologies. For information on Drupal’s new accessibility features please see: https://www.drupal.org/docs/accessibility/drupal-accessibility-features. We plan to have the migration complete by the end of March 2021. These migrations will fix the following problems which are currently too difficult to address:

  • page elements including menus are not tagged for assistive technology (ARIA attributes)
  • page elements with click functionality are not always marked as such
  • some javascript functions are built using links which do not lead anywhere
  • the menu button under the header cannot be triggered using the keyboard
  • some page regions do not have a label

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 21 September 2020.
This website was last tested on 17 September 2020. The test was carried out by Dr. Athanasios Velios.
Testing of the website was done using the WCAG validator provided by ACE over here: https://ace.accessibe.com/. Contrast tests were undertaken using native development accessibility tools on the Firefox web browser.
The selection of pages we tested were:

  • Homepages of the site and subsites
  • Pages that provide search/querying functionality
  • Sample records from the John Latham Archive and the Language of Bindings Thesaurus

You can run your own accessibility test for the website over here: https://ace.accessibe.com/?website=www.ligatus.org.uk