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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. 

2.1.1: Keyboard 

The majority of our website meets this requirement with the exception of the Map view for displaying search results. We are working with our suppler and the Disability Accessibility Centre to explore options for users of assistive technology. 

2.4.9: Link Purpose (Link only)

We are working with our supplier to ensure that all links are descriptive of their purpose for users that browse out of context. We are investigating hiding additional content off screen by applying CSS or ARIA techniques.

2.4.10: Section Headings

We are looking to update the layout of our text to ensure that the heading structure does not increase by more than one level at a time.

3.1.5: Reading Level

We are working towards a grade level of 12.0 for all our web content. To achieve this we are working with experts across parliament to find new ways of presenting information about parliamentary records and procedures.

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