Accessibility

Find out how to navigate the AV视频 website and see our accessibility statement.

Accessibility statement for The AV视频

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

This accessibility statement applies to the AV视频 website, and .

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • access most of the information found on the site.
  • zoom most pages 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.
  • listen to, and navigate, most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver).
  • access all video content, either visually, or through accessible technology.

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand. Within our content management system (CMS), we have a built in readability score tool. This generates a score which tells us if our content is readable.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • Some pages with navigation blocks and Broadcast feeds do not follow a hierarchical heading structure
  • Some video content does not have captions
  • Some video content does have captions but the colour contrast does not meet accessibility standards
  • Some video content does not have a transcript
  • Video and audio content from before 23rd September 2020 is exempt from meeting these standards. We are doing our best to replace older video content and replace it with content that meets standards
  • Some PDFs are not accessible to screen reader software
  • Some user interface elements do not meet colour contrast standards
  • Some of our third party applications, such as our chatbots, may not meet WCAG standards (these are currently being audited)

Feedback and contact information

If you are having trouble accessing content on this site, or wish to provide feedback, please contact us: web-accessibility@sussex.ac.uk

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:web-accessibility@sussex.ac.uk

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, .

Technical information about this website

The AV视频 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 and the exceptions listed below. Some areas of the website which were developed before September 2018 may not meet the AA accessibility standard.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations.

  • Some images do not have alt tags
  • Some pdfs and other files may not be optimised for screen readers
  • Some video embeds may not have captions
  • Some video embeds have captions that do meet colour contrast standards
  • Some video embeds do not have transcripts
  • Some video embeds do not have an audio described option
  • Some video embeds do not have a title
  • We are currently working to audit the video content on our site. We are currently focused on auditing our undergraduate content and hope to have this complete by Spring 2024
  • Some user interface elements do not have sufficient colour contrast
  • Many of the pages in the older templates do not meet accessibility standards, particularly around colour contrast and the use of some web components, including video embeds. An example of this is the Department of Education website. Work is underway to move all pages and sites out of this template, for example the School of Media, Arts and Humanities now use the newer, more accessible, template.
  • Many of the internal focussed staff pages do not meet accessibility standards, particularly around colour contrast. We have a new, accessible, template and are starting to migrate content to this template starting with the staff homepage
  • Some of the pages with navigation blocks or Broadcast feeds do not follow a hierarchical heading structure. We plan to address this issue, starting with the Student and Staff Hubs.
  • Our library advanced search system does not completely meet WCAG accessibility standards. This system is provided by an external supplier 鈥 Ex Libris at Clarivate. We have been in discussion with their development team and they have worked to resolve some areas of non-compliance. The team at Clarivate are aware of the outstanding items and these should be addressed in future updates to their user interface.
  • Our jobs pages are generated by a third party software provider; Hireful. These pages do not fully meet accessibility standards. Some of the interactive elements on the jobs search page are not accessible using either a screen reader or using only a keyboard. Some of the interactive elements and text boxes on the application form are not accessible using either a screen reader or using only a keyboard. We are in discussion with Hireful and they mean to fix these issues. They have not been able to provide a timeframe for these fixes. Further to this the job descriptions are currently provided in PDF that do not meet accessibility standards for screen readers. We are working with our HR department to remedy this.
  • Our postgraduate application form does not meet accessibility standards. We are currently working to aquire a new system. In the meantime we are working to improve this service so that it meets the requirements
  • Sussex Direct does not meet accessibility standards. We are currently working to aquire a new system. In the meantime we are working to improve this service so that it meets the requirements
  • Sussex profiles do not meet all accessibility standards. This system is provided by an external supplier. We are currently working with them to improve the service so that it meets the requirements
  • Our virtual tour does not meet accessibility standards. We have provided a text version of the tour that is accessible and meets most standards
  • The Sussex student accomodation service provided by third party provider Student Pad does not meet most standards. This is being highlighted with the provider
  • It is not currently possible to launch video content or navigate 360 images using keyboard in the text version of the virtual tour
  • Our forms are not created using semantic elements and therefore may be difficult to navigate for some screen readers. We have tested in house using VoiceOver and NVDA and found the forms to be usable in their current state. We will be looking to improve this code in the future
  • Our study online pages do not meet accessibility standards. These pages are provided by an external supplier. We are currently working with them to improve the pages so that they meets the requirements
  • Our chatbots, that are supplied by third parties, may not meet WCAG standards. These are produced by Zendesk, Olark, Unibuddy and Cirrus. We are currently undertaking an audit with to investigate the accessibility of these.
  • Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. Some are pre-2018 and some are in the Archive. We plan to either fix post 2018 ones or replace them with accessible HTML pages. This is an ongoing process, we have created accessibility guides for staff and we are raising awareness across the University.

    If you require access to a PDF that does not meet accessibility standards then please email web-accessibility@sussex.ac.uk and we will provide an accessible version to you.
  • The campus map is a pdf file and is not screen reader friendly - we do have an alternative with  and a page on how to travel to the University.
  • Some list elements are not compliant and do not meet the criteria: WCAG 1.3.1 Info and Relationships. A fix has been identified and the issues stem from the website's template framework. They have been fixed on the staging site and will be fixed once the audit, currently being carried out by AbilityNet, ends on the 3 August. The work will take place in the week beginning 8th August.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents do not meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).

The accessibility regulations  if they’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we do not plan to fix old pdfs which are in our .

Live video

Live video streams do not have captions. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.4 (captions - live).

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is .

Maps

Maps fall outside of current accessibility standards. Our university maps are not accessible by screen readers. All addresses highlighted on our maps are available elsewhere on the website. We are looking into an accessible solution to our maps.

 

What we're doing to improve accessibility

We are currently working on improving the accessibility of our core templates and our components library. We are training our devolved editors to use the new components and create accessible web content whilst raising awareness across the University on the importance of accessibility.  

We are training staff to create accessible documents, including PDF files, and produce video with appropriate captions, transcripts and audio descriptions where necessary. We have created how to guides to be used for training and the creation of content.

We have recently worked with  to audit our site and provide guidance on accessibility. We have updated this statement in accordance with their findings and are currently working through a series of fixes to the outstanding areas of non compliance

Preparation of this statement

This statement was prepared on 20 September 2019. It was reviewed on 13 Dec 2022 and will be updated regularly as we move forward with our actions and research.

This website was tested in-house in 2020 and had a further in-house audit in May 2022. It has been audited by AbilityNet in July 2022.

Further information about our website

  • Finding your way around

    There are a variety of techniques you can use to navigate our site.

    You can use the top-level drop-down navigation and the site search, both of which give you access across our website and resources contained within. On most sections of the site you can use the page navigation (which appears to the left of this content) and the breadcrumb trail (which appears just above this content).

  • Text resizing and page zooming

    Most modern browsers support some form of built-in text resizing or page zooming. Changing the text size or zoom varies depending on the browser you are using.

    Resizing a page depends on the browser you are using:

    • PC / Internet Explorer 11

      From the 'Tools' cog icon in the top right corner, select 'Zoom' and then choose your setting

    • PC / other browsers

      Hold down the CTRL key and press + to increase the text/zoom
      Hold down the CTRL key and press - to decrease the text/zoom

    • Mac / all browsers

      Hold down the Command key and press + to increase the text/zoom
      Hold down the Command key and press - to decrease the text/zoom

  • Known browser support for the site

    Our site supports:

    • Internet Explorer 11 and above
    • Firefox – latest version
    • Safari – latest version
    • Chrome – latest version
  • Get advice

    Refer to the following websites to get information relating to accessibility matters such as how to adjust your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to suit your individual needs

  • How accessible is this website?

    The website has been developed following guidelines which are aimed at achieving a good level of accessibility – we endeavour to meet with .

    We have taken the following accessibility and usability guidelines into consideration when developing the site:

    • providing simple, consistent operable site navigation.
    • providing easy to percieve and understand content.
    • using style sheets for visual layout, the content can still be read with style sheets turned off or with a different style applied by your own browser set-up.
    • using an easy-to-read font type.
    • endeavouring to provide suitable foreground and background colour contrast.
    • providing text equivalents for images, where appropriate.
    • using semantic HTML to improve readability by screen readers.
    • ensuring javascript degrades gracefully, so content is accessible without javascript wherever possible.
    • using accessible alternatives where necessary to ensure the website is robust - such as with the modified html version of the virtual campus tour.
  • Staff training

    We have delivered training on accessibility to a number of our devolved web editors. This is an ongoing task.

    We have developed our accessible web components library and are in the process of training all web editors to use these.

    We have develped a series of "How to" pages for creating accessible documents and are currently preparing to deliver a series of training sessions for all staff who produce online documents.

  • How we tested this website

    This website is tested for accessibility whenever we develop new web conponents. We also crawl the site regularly to find issues such as where images without alt tags are located. Tests are carried out with users and via automated software.

    We have tested the website using the following methods so far:

    • colour contrast checker
    • web accessibility evaluation tool
    • VoiceOver, ChromeVox and NVDA screen readers for desktop
    • Chrome plugin to simulate colour blindness, tunnel vision and myopia
    • extension for Chrome

    The pages the components library cover and the ones we have tested are:

    How we tested PDFs:

    • All PDFs are tested for accessibility using
    • All PDFs are checked for colour contrast using
    • Some advice from on making documents more accessible
  • What else are we doing to improve accessibility

    We have set up an accessibility working group which will oversee digital accessibility improvements. The group will form part of wider accessibility group within the University. 

    Members of our development team have taken training courses provided by W3 and WebAIM to enable them to provide a more accessible experience for our visitors.