Accessibility Statement - Sounds

Scope

The British Library is committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

The British Library operates a number of websites, subsites, and online services (“Sites”).

This accessibility statement supplements our main Accessibility Statement, and applies to the following Site:

How accessible this website is

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

  • Some images are missing alternate text
  • Text and links do not have sufficient contrast against background
  • Some same-page links are broken
  • Some buttons are empty or unnamed
  • Adjacent links go to the same URL
  • Links to documents and files are not descriptive
  • Headings are skipped
  • The search functionality within the page has missing form labels

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Content not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

  • Heritage material is exempt from the Regulations under Reg 3(2)(f)(ii) where automated and cost-efficient solutions that would easily extract the text and transform it into content compatible with the accessibility requirement are unavailable. This content might fail any of the WCAG 2.1 AA Success Criteria related to the provision of a transcript, subtitles, or audio description.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • Some images do not have alternate text, meaning that users of assistive technologies or with visual impairment may not be able to understand the content. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text Content).

  • The colour of both text and links does not provide sufficient contrast against the background colour, meaning that users with moderate visual impairment who do not use assistive technologies may not be able to discern the content. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast Minimum).

  • Some same-page links are broken, meaning that the keyboard can not be used to navigate through the page sections. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 (Keyboard).

  • Some buttons are 'empty' or unnamed, meaning that users of assistive technologies will not be able to understand the destination of the links, or be able to navigate them easily. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (Link Purpose in Context).

  • Adjacent links go to the same URL, meaning that users of assistive technologies or with cognitive impairments may be disoriented by multiple options to accomplish the same effect. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (Link Purpose in Context).

  • Links to office documents do not specify the destination file type, meaning that users of assistive technologies or with cognitive impairments may become disoriented when they inadvertently leave the website. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (Link Purpose in Context).

  • Some pages skip Headings, meaning that users of assistive technologies may not receive the content in logical order. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.6 (Headings and Labels).

  • The site's internal search functionality is missing some form labels, meaning that users of assistive technologies or with cognitive impairments may not be able to discern the functionality of the fields. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.3.2 (Labels or Instructions).

     

We plan to resolve these issues by replacing the site in its entirety by December 2022.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 17 August 2020. A full review of the site was carried out by the British Library using Wave and Google Measure.