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Accessibility statement

Accessibility statement for the EQUATOR Network

The University of Oxford is committed to providing an accessible web presence that gives members of the public and members of the University community full access to University information, courses and activities offered publicly through the web. Our Equality Policy outlines our 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’.

This accessibility statement applies to The EQUATOR Network website – www.equator-network.org

This website is run by the EQUATOR Network and UK EQUATOR Centre based in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

We have 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

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

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format, please contact the EQUATOR Network and UK EQUATOR Centre Team:

Email: equator@csm.ox.ac.uk

Post:
The EQUATOR Network and UK EQUATOR Centre
Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS)
University of Oxford
Botnar Research Centre, Windmill Road
Oxford, OX3 7LD
UK

We will consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, contact:

Post:
The EQUATOR Network and UK EQUATOR Centre
Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS)
University of Oxford
Botnar Research Centre, Windmill Road
Oxford, OX3 7LD
UK

Email: equator@csm.ox.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, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Other accessibility resources

If you would like more information about accessibility and resources for students, staff and visitors in Oxford more generally, please visit our Equality and Diversity pages.

If you are looking for information on building accessibility, please try the Access Guide or the University’s interactive map.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Oxford 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 exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

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

(1) Perceivable

Alt text

Some images do not have a meaningful text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. Redundant alternative text is also present for some images and some images near each other have the same alternative text. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1.

By September 2021 all images will:

• Have meaningful text alternative.
• Purely decorative images will have blank alt text.
• Infographics and charts will have a link to a full description of the content.

All new images added to the website will be compliant.

CAPTCHA

The newsletter sign-up form uses CAPTCHA. No text alternatives that identify and describe the purpose of the non-text content or alternative forms of CAPTCHA using output modes for different types of sensory perception are provided to accommodate different disabilities. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1.

We will work with our supplier to fix this by September 2021.

Content structure that is communicated visually

Not all website content structure that is communicated visually is available to assistive technologies. This makes it difficult for keyboard and screen reader users to use the website. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1.

We will work with our supplier to fix this by September 2021.

Tables

The website contains layout tables which can introduce reading and navigation order issues particularly for screen readers. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1.

We will work with our supplier to fix this by September 2021.

Images containing text

Some images include text as part of the image. People using a screen reader cannot access this information. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.5 and 1.4.9.

By March 2021 all images containing text will have a suitable text alternative to include the image text. New images will not include text that forms part of the message.

Audio only content

Not all audio only files have a transcript, making the content inaccessible to website users who cannot hear. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.1.

All new audio content published after 23 September 2020 will be accompanied by transcripts. We will work to provide transcripts for audio content deemed essential that was published before September 2020.

Video only content

Not all video only files have a transcript, making the content inaccessible to users who cannot see. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.1.

All new video only content published after 23 September 2020 will be accompanied by transcripts. We will work to provide transcripts for video content deemed essential that was published before September 2020.

Video with audio content

Not all videos have captions that are synchronised to the audio content of the video, making them inaccessible to people who cannot hear. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.2.

All new video with audio content published after 23 September 2020 will have captions. We will work to provide captions for video and audio content deemed essential that was published before September 2020.

Not all videos have audio descriptions of important visual information that does not have audio, making this inaccessible to people who cannot see. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.5.

All new videos published after 23 September 2020 will have audio descriptions. We will work to provide audio descriptions for video content deemed essential that was published before September 2020.

Headings

Not all headings are hierarchical, making the site more difficult for users of assistive technology such as screen readers to access. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1.

Headings have on occasion been used to highlight information rather than for headings, making the site more difficult for users of assistive technology to use. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.3.1 and 2.4.6.

We will work with our supplier to fix this by September 2021.

Contrast issues

Some elements have very low contrast levels (e.g. the white text on yellow background used for the courses and events, blog and news sections), which can result in text being difficult to read, especially for people with low vision, poor eyesight or colour blindness. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3.

We will work with our supplier to fix this by September 2021.

Resize text

The website can be resized to 200% but some content in the side menu boxes does not resize properly which can result in text being difficult to read or links difficult to access, especially for people with low vision, poor eyesight or colour blindness. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.4.

We will work with our supplier to fix this by September 2021.

Text spacing

The ability to adjust line height, paragraph spacing, letter spacing and word spacing is limited in some pages. This can result in text being difficult to read, especially for people with low vision or dyslexia. This fails the WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 1.4.12.

We will work with our supplier to fix this by September 2021.

Page layout

The layout of some pages does not work as well when style sheets are turned off, which can cause issues for people using screen readers, keyboards and their own style sheets. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.2 and 2.4.3.

We will work with our supplier to fix this by September 2021.

(2) Operable

Carousels

The three carousels on the homepage do not have obvious controls for users to stop the auto-rotate, which can cause people with cognitive disability that affect focus and concentration to be distracted making the site less accessible. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.2.2.

We will work with our supplier to fix this by September 2021.

Page titles

Not all page titles are unique and indicate the page’s topic or purpose, which can result in people with cognitive disabilities being unable to quickly orientate themselves within the site and identify the purpose of the page without interpreting its entire contents. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.2.

All page titles will be reviewed and fixed by March 2021.

Link text

Some links contain no text, extraneous text or do not use text that is meaningful out of context, which can result in users of screen readers not being able to understand the link without reading the surrounding text and users of speech recognition software being less able to target links accurately using voice commands. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4.

All links will be reviewed and fixed by March 2021.

Redundant links

The website contains some adjacent links that go to the same location. This results in additional navigation and repetition for keyboard and screen reader users. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4.

All links will be reviewed and fixed by March 2021.

Headings and labels

There are issues with heading elements including heading levels, empty headings, skipped headings and form labels in the website resulting in problems for screen reader users and keyboard navigation by users of assistive technology. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.6.

We will work with our supplier to fix this by September 2021.

Keyboard operability

It is not possible to carry out all tasks using a keyboard (for example the dropdown navigation on the reporting guideline search page does not allow more than one selection to be made), which can make the site less accessible to people with mobility impairments. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1.

We will work with our supplier to fix this by September 2021.

Pointer gestures

Some website functionality may work using a single point. This is a problem for users who cannot accurately perform complex pointer gestures. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.5.1.

We will work with our supplier to fix this by September 2021.

Label in Name

Some user interface components with labels that include text or images of text, do not contain name text that is presented visually. This is a problem for speech-input users and text-to-speech users. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.5.3.

We will work with our supplier to fix this by September 2021.

(3) Understandable

Inconsistent link behaviour

Some links to external sites open in a new browser window and some open in the same browser window making the site behaviour unpredictable, which can result in the site being less accessible for people with some cognitive disabilities and people who use screen readers. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.2.2.

All links to external websites will be reviewed and will open in the same window by June 2021.

Change on request

The website automatically launches new windows and automatically submits forms for example when browsing for reporting guidelines using the drop down menus. This can result in confusion and disorientation while navigating the website, particularly for people who are blind or have low vision and people with intellectual disabilities or cognitive limitations. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.2.5.

We will work with our supplier to fix this by September 2021.

JavaScript jump menu

JavaScript jump menus are present in the website which can make navigating pages very difficult. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.2.2.

We will work with our supplier to fix this by September 2021.

Error identification

The website may not provide helpful, understandable error and verification messages. This is a problem for users who are blind or colour blind in terms of understanding that an error has occurred and can be a problem for people with cognitive, language, and learning disabilities who may not understand the meaning of any icons or visual cues used. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.3.1.

We will work with our supplier to fix this by September 2021.

Form labels

In some places the website contains form controls that do not have a corresponding label. This can result in people with reading difficulties having problems understanding the purpose of the content and users of screen readers being unable to easily navigate the form. This fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.3.2.

We will work with our supplier to fix this by September 2021.

Language of content

Where the language of all or part of a page is not English this is not defined in the html, which can result in screen readers being unable to correctly read the text. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 3.1.1 & 3.1.2

We will work with our supplier to fix this by September 2021.

Name, role, value

Not all interactive components have an accessible name and role. This is problematic for compatibility with assistive technology, such as screen readers, screen magnifiers, and speech recognition software. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2.

We will work with our supplier to fix this by September 2021.

Status messages

Not all status messages and updates can necessarily be understood by all types of assistive technology. This is a problem for users who are blind or have low vision and use screen readers. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.3.

We will work with our supplier to fix this by September 2021.

CMS code

The CMS code will be checked to ensure that it meets the robust accessibility criteria 4.1.1, 4.1.2 & 4.1.3.

We will work with our supplier to ensure that these criteria are met.

(4) Robust

Compatible

In general, we cannot be certain that the website is fully compatible with current and future user agents, including assistive technologies. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.

We will work with our supplier to ensure that these criteria are met by.

Documents (Word & PDF)

Many of the documents (Word and PDF) on this site do not meet accessibility standards, which could result in them not being fully accessible to users of screen readers.

Documents that have been published by the EQUATOR Network and are essential to the service we provide will be either converted to HTML pages or replaced with accessible versions by September 2021. Any new documents published by the EQUATOR Network will meet accessibility standards.

Disproportionate burden

We do not consider any of the accessibility issues to be a disproportionate burden and aim to make the site fully compliant by September 2021.

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

Third-party content

Our site includes third party content and functionality. This may direct you to a related service, link to another site or to supporting documentation. We are not responsible for the accessibility of third-party content or for other websites that we link to.

This includes:

Documents (Word & PDF)

Word and PDF documents which were published by the EQUATOR Network before September 2018 and that are not essential to the service we provide will not be replaced. If you experience any difficulties accessing these documents, please email equator@csm.ox.ac.uk. Any new documents published by the EQUATOR Network will meet accessibility standards.

Pre-recorded audio and video published before 23 September 2020

This website includes numerous links to pre-recorded video with audio files that were published by the EQUATOR Network before September 2020. We will not provide transcripts for these video files unless they are deemed essential. All new video files published by the EQUATOR Network will meet accessibility standards. If you experience any difficulties accessing pre-September 2020 video files, please email equator@csm.ox.ac.uk.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We want to provide the best possible experience for all our website visitors. To achieve this we will:

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 22 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 22 September 2020.

This website was last tested in August 2020. The test was carried out by the EQUATOR Network UK EQUATOR Centre Information Specialist. We are currently liaising with our supplier to ensure that all accessibility issues identified are addressed.

The following pages were checked to ensure that we covered the full range of content across the site:

The pages were checked manually using a combination of the following methods:

 

 

This page was last updated on 22 September 2020.