Accessibility Statement

Using this website

This website is run by Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • 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
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

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

How accessible this website is

Our website is built using WordPress and an underlying accessible theme. However we know that some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible, for example:

  • you can’t modify the line height or spacing of text
  • most older PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software
  • some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard

What to do if you can’t access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF or large print:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in within 7 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact: the Parish Clerk by email or by phone 01743 719012

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Ruyton XI Town’s Parish Council is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

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

Issues with technology

  • Empty button – a button on screen has no text to describe what it is for. Wherever this occurs a change will be made to add descriptive text.
  • Empty link – a link on a page has no text to describe what it is for. Wherever this occurs a change will be made to add descriptive text, or to remove any redundant links.
  • Redundant link – Adjacent links go to the same URL. This results in additional navigation and repetition for keyboard only (no mouse) and screen reader users. These links will be identified and the problems resolved.

Issues with text

  • The calendar module displays events with the date in a box alongside. The date itself is in small text which is acceptable for people without accessibility issues but likely be difficult to read for those with low vision. Tests will be carried out to see if the CSS style sheet for the module can be adapted successfully.
  • Skipped heading level – typically website headings are classified as h1, h2, h3, etc. They help to give structure to web pages but also indicate hierarchy to screen reading tools. This alert indicates that one or more heading levels have been skipped which could be confusing to the tool and to the user.  The web pages with these problems will be identified and the the heading levels changes to correct the hierarchical structure.
  • Suspicious link text – This indicates that a link says something like ‘click here’. This does not give enough information to a user who may not be able to see it in context. The link text will be changed to be more meaningful.

Issues with PDFs

  • The agendas, minutes, policy documents and financial documents are all stored as PDFs on the website. These PDF documents may not have been designed with accessibility in mind. Additionally the use of a separate application to read the documents may cause confusion and navigation difficulties. We will seek advice from other government bodies on how best to resolve these issues, perhaps by identifying a different way of publishing the parish council documents.

Issues with images

  • Redundant title text – in some instances the same text is being used to describe the image as is being used for the alternative text. This can cause confusion for users of screen readers. All such images will be identified and the two text elements will be changed so that they are different and make sense.

Issues with interactive tools

  • Missing form label – the contact forms do not have associated text labels. Users with accessibility issues may not be able to recognise what the form is for. Each of the contact forms will be amended to add descriptive text.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 1 May 2019. The test was carried out by one of our councillors David Shearan who built and maintains our website. The initial testing was carried out using the WAVE accessibility tool. WAVE is an extension for Firefox that allows the tester to evaluate web content for accessibility issues directly within the browser.

The initial testing exposed issues identified as either errors (because of their serious nature) or alerts (warnings about issues considered to be less serious).

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

All of the issues described above will be fixed according to a plan which will be published during July 2019. That plan will be published here once it is available.

The WAVE tool will be used after an issue has been fixed to demonstrate that it is no longer present.

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