Our Town Stories: Edinburgh

Accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to ourtownstories.co.uk.

This website is run by Edinburgh Libraries as part of The City of Edinburgh Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • 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.

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand, incorporating a How To Use tab on most pages to give instructions on using the site.

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

How accessible this website is

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

  • Many images do not currently have alt tags. The description of the content of most images can be found in the text of each post and alt tags are being added to any new images added.
  • Video content is not manually subtitled.
  • Audio content doesn’t have a written alternative.
  • The pop-ups of pins towards the edge of the map can occasionally be hidden behind the title, particularly at high zoom levels. This can be mitigated by moving the map to draw the pin closer to the centre of the screen.

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: informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.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, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Edinburgh Libraries are 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’, listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Many images do not currently have alt tags. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

Images added to the website prior to July 2020 do not have alt tags, although a description of the content of most images can be found in the text of each post. Since 1 July 2020, we are adding alt tags to any new content added to the website.

Pre-recorded audio and video content does not currently have an alternative for time-based media. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.1 Audio-only and Video-only (Prerecorded). An overall description of this type of content can be found in the introductory text of each Audio & Video post.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 16 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 16 September 2020.

This website was last tested on 26 August 2020. The test was carried out by site developers Pooka & Co Ltd using a combination of manual keyboard navigation using tab focus, and Google Lighthouse.

Google Lighthouse testing pages were selected as likely pages for a keyboard user to land on, or to navigate within during site use. The results can be viewed here:

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