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Accessibility Statement

We want everyone who visits the Parliamentary Archives website to feel welcome and find the experience rewarding. 

What are we doing? 

To help us make the Parliamentary Archives website a positive place for everyone, we’ve been using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, and user friendly for everyone. 

The guidelines have three levels of accessibility (A, AA and AAA). We’ve chosen Level AA as the target for the Parliamentary Archives website. 

We aim to be AA compliant across the website by the end of September 2019.  

How are we doing? 

We’re working hard to achieve our goal of Level AA accessibility, but we realise there are some areas that still need improving. The following information explains what we’re doing to make that happen. 

1.1.1: Non-text Content 

Although most of our website is compliant, the Map view for displaying search results fails to meet this specification. We are working with our suppliers to implement a text alternative for the interactive content displayed in this view. 

1.3.2: Meaningful Sequence 

We are working to ensure the order of the content in the source code is the same as the visual presentation of the content on the page. We have also considered placing certain page features in different locations for instance, relocating the side bar to the right of the screen.  

1.4.3: Contrast (Minimum) 

We are working with our suppliers to ensure the colour contrast ratio is consistently 4.5:1 

1.4.4: Resize text 

You can already resize text on the website without assistive technology increasing the size by 200 percent without loss of content or functionality. However, this is not the case for captions and images of text. We are working with our suppliers to find a solution to this issue. 

1.4.10: Reflow 

We are making changes to ensure that content can be presented without loss of information or functionality, and without requiring scrolling in two dimensions. Vertical scrolling content will be at a width equivalent to 320 CSS pixels; Horizontal scrolling content will be at a height equivalent to 256 CSS pixels. 

1.4.11: Non-text Contrast 

We are working with our suppliers to ensure the colour contrast ratio is consistently 4.5:1 

2.1.1: Keyboard 

The majority of our website meets this requirement, however there are two notable areas that are not compliant: Timeline view and Map view on the catalogue search.  

 We are working with our suppler and the Disability Accessibility Centre to explore options for users of assistive technology.  

2.4.3: Focus Order 

We are aware that focus should move from left to right, top to bottom. We are working with our supplier to address this issue. 

2.4.6: Headings and Labels 

We want to ensure our heading structures are logical and hierarchical; and that they can be accessed by users replying on audio feedback who need to determine the importance of each section of the page using the heading mark-up. Therefore, we will be working to ensure the main headings are marked up as a h1, followed by consecutive subheading ranging from h2-h6. 

4.1.3: Status Messages 

We want to ensure that users who rely on audio feedback are alerted to any changes or updating of the page and will be working with our supplier to implement this. 

Let us know what you think 

If you enjoyed using the Parliamentary Archives website, or if you had trouble with any part of it, please get in touch: archives@parliament.uk