Government legislation has come in to effect which states that all public sector websites must meet certain standards of accessibility.
From 23rd September all UAS websites within the Mosaic project must therefore reach these standards.
There are three levels of accessibility - A, AA, and AAA. AA standard must be attained in order to be compliant, though UAS aims to meet AAA standards where possible.
More information is available on the Government's webpage, Understanding new accessibility requirements for public sector bodies.
UAS has met the legal requirement to publish a statement outlining how sites are compliant and efforts being made to address non-compliance. All UAS websites link to this statement in their footer. This statement outlines how the sites meet the requirement, acknowledges where standards are not met, and outlines the timescale for the correction of these issues.
The University's Equality Policy outlines its commitment to a culture which ‘maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected’. The University has published guidance for editors and moderators to help them maintain accessibility standards.
The information below outlines the actions you need to take as a Mosaic editor to ensure your website meets the accessibility requirements.
The UAS style guide, and the templates built in Mosaic, are intended to ensure that a number of accessibility requirements are met from the start. If you adhere to the principles in the style guide then you will meet the majority of the important criteria for accessibility.
Please note that accessibility also relates to your pdf files as well as to your webpage content. Pdfs published before 23rd September 2018 do not need to be compliant at this stage, however any newer pdfs must be accessible, and when any older pdfs are updated they must meet these requirements.
Lead editors on each site have access to Siteimprove, a web-based service which regularly scans the site to check for errors, including ways in which the site, or site content, does not meet accessibility requirements.
Site editors are responsible for resolving issues relating to the content of their site.
Siteimprove categorises accessibility issues by their rating:
Siteimprove will highlight some issues which editors can currently ignore:
The project's guidance document on Siteimprove lists issues flagged by the site which editors can currently ignore.
If there are any issues which are raised by Siteimprove with which editors need help or clarification, they should contact the the UAS communications team.
The Mosaic platform does very well in comparative terms in being compliant, but the Mosaic team are aware that there is still room for improvement. They will work to address some of the technical issues which are known, and will seek clarification on if/when/how other issues are to be resolved. The list in the project's guidance document of issues which editors can currently ignore includes technical matters being addressed by Mosaic.
Lead editors - email email@example.com
Site editors should only contact the lead editor of their site
See information on the UAS website support process