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Accessibility

Our Accessibility Goals

This website is run by St Erth Parish Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. We aim to use plain language and avoid unnecessary jargon and acronyms on this website. However, there may be pages or documents, such as planning documents or council reports, where complex or technical language is often necessary and used.

If you need information on this website in a different format like an accessible PDF, large print, audio recording or braille we’ll consider your request and get back to you in 7 days.

Tell Us What You Think

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact us at clerk@sterth-pc.gov.uk or call 01736 757575.

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). www.equalityadvisoryservice.com.

Browsers

The site has been tested in the following browsers:

  • IE8 (basic) and above
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Android
  • IOS

Making your computer work for you

There are many ways you can change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to make the web more accessible for you. The AbilityNet my computer my way guide [https://mcmw.abilitynet.org.uk/mcmw] has helpful advice on customising your computer.

Documents

Some Documents on this website are available in PDF format. You need to have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view these documents. The reader is free to download from the Adobe Reader download page [http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/]. Adobe provides advice on accessibility [http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/index.html] for those who have difficulty viewing documents in PDF format.

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…

Most hyperlinks within text are simply indicated with a marginal change in text colour. This makes that information very hard to distinguish and violates the following clauses WCAG 2.1 (A) 1.3.1 and 1.4.1. This really needs addressing as a similar issue can be seen in other elements of the webpage, and applies to almost all hyperlinks. We aim to have all hyperlinks use a distinguishable colour from their body text, as well as having them underlined by June 2020.

It’s not possible to unfocus an element without cycling through to another element on the screen, this causes a readability issue as header content isn’t skippable, forcing the user to cycle through all header content on every page to avoid drop downs covering body text. This causes the site to fail WCAG 2.1 (A) 2.1.2 and 2.4.1. To fix this all headers must be clearly tagged, and the option to skip over them implemented in the back end.

As an extension, form elements and other standardised elements on the web pages aren’t tagged with the appropriate HTML labels, this is especially true for form fields which appear on every page. This causes non-conformance to WCAG 2.1 (A) 4.1.1 which outlines most pages not following standard procedure.

We will try to ensure that any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Colour combinations for foreground and background elements don’t conform to the standard outlined in WCAG 2.1 (AA) 1.4.3, and will be amended to be more suited as an extension to the stylistic overhaul.

On certain mobile devices when users zoom to 400% (WCAG 2.1 (AA) 1.4.10) it causes the site to be scrollable in both directions. This is a failure in the clause, and will be amended by all page elements being scaled to the canvas size.

Finally, when navigating the site using solely a keyboard, it’s apparent that no visual que is given to which element is in focus. This violates WCAG 2.1 (AA) section 2.4.7, and will be amended by having focused elements identifiable by a change in colour and where appropriate an arrow/being underlined.

St.Erth Parish Council will look to address these non-compliance issues by August 2020.

This website was last tested on the 18th of December 2019. We tested all pages on our website, and a range of PDFs available at https://sterth-pc.gov.uk/type/agendas/, https://sterth-pc.gov.uk/type/minutes-2/, and https://sterth-pc.gov.uk/type/annual-reports/.

This statement was prepared on the 2nd of January 2020.

 


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