Accessibility Statement - Teaching Resources

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 do not have alternate text
  • Some on-page Aria references are broken
  • Text and links do not have sufficient contrast against background
  • Browser zoom functionality is disabled
  • Some pages have Javascript Jump Menus
  • Adjacent links go to the same URL
  • Multiple form labels are associated with the same input field
  • 'Heritage content' from the British Library's collections is exempt from the Regulations.
  • Office file formats published before 23 September 2018 are exempt from the Regulations.

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

  • Office file formats published before 23rd September 2018 are exempt from the Regulations under Reg 3(2)(a). This content might fail any of the WCAG 2.1 AA Success Criteria.
  • 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, but particularly those related to the provision of a transcript, subtitles, or audio description.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • Some images are missing alternate text, meaning that users of assistive technologies may not be provided with necessary content or context. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (Non-Text Content). 

  • Some Aria references are broken, meaning that users of assistive technologies may not be able to navigate the content or adapt it to their needs. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships).  

  • 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).

  • Broswer zoom functionality is disabled, 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 1.4.4 (Resize Text). 
  • Javascript Jump Menus may trigger on focus change when using keyboard navigation, meaning that keyboard users may struggle to navigate the menus and pages without being forced from the page they are reading. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 (Keyboard).
  • 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).  

  • The site's internal search functionality has multiple form labels associated with a single input field, 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 updating this site by November 2020.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 18 August 2020. A full review of the site was carried out by the British Library using Wave and Google Measure.