Accessibility Statement for the RiftVolc: Past Present and Future website

Website accessibility statement in line with Public Sector Body (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018

This accessibility statement applies to https://www.riftvolc.geos.ed.ac.uk/

 This website is run by the University of Edinburgh. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this application. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • Using your browser settings, change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of Job Access with Speech (JAWS), NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) and VoiceOver)
  • experience no time limits when using the site

We have also made the website text as simple as possible to understand. However, some of our content is technical, and we use technical terms where there is no easier wording that we could use without changing what the text means.

Customising the website

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability. This is an external site with suggestions to make your computer more accessible: 

AbilityNet - My Computer My Way

With a few simple steps you can customise the appearance of our website using your browser settings to make it easier to read and navigate: 

Additional information on how to customise our website appearance

If you are a member of University staff or a student, you can use the free SensusAccess accessible document conversion service: 

Information on SensusAccess

How accessible this website is

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

  • Not all the color contrasts don’t meet recommended guidance
  • most older PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software
  • videos do not have captions
  • It is not possible to bypass blocks of content that are repeated on multiple pages just as the left hand side menu.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format, including accessible PDF, large print, audio recording or braille:

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’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact:

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

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 please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) directly:

Contact details for the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

The government has produced information on how to report accessibility issues:

Reporting an accessibility problem on a public sector website

Contacting us by phone using British Sign Language

British Sign Language service: contactSCOTLAND-BSL runs a service for British Sign Language users and all of Scotland’s public bodies using video relay. This enables sign language users to contact public bodies and vice versa. The service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

contactSCOTLAND-BSL service details

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Edinburgh is committed to making its websites 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:

  • Captions are not provided for all pre-recorded audio content
  • There may not be sufficient colour contrast between font and background colours, especially where the text size is very small
  • When magnified not all the pages reflow so a user has to scroll horizontally as well as vertically
  • It is not possible to bypass blocks of content that are repeated on multiple pages

Unless specified otherwise, a significant improvement will be in place for those items within our control by May 2021.

Disproportionate burden

We are not currently claiming that any accessibility problems would be a disproportionate burden to fix.

Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

At this time we are not claiming that any content is not within the scope of the regulations.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to address the accessibility issues highlighted, alongside working to deliver a solution or suitable workaround. Unless specified otherwise, a significant improvement will be in place for those items within our control by May 2021.

While we are in the process of resolving these accessibility issues, or where we are unable, we will ensure reasonable adjustments are in place to make sure no user is disadvantaged. As changes are made, we will continue to review accessibility and retest the accessibility of this website.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 10th September 2020. It was last reviewed on 11th September 2020.

This website was last tested on 10th September 2020. The test was carried out by using the automated LittleForest tool.   The website is scheduled for manual testing by December 2021.

We did not use sample pages for testing - all pages were run through LittleForest.

Little Forrest claims it tests the following WCAG criteria either partially or wholly

We did not use sample pages for testing - all pages were run through LittleForest.

WCAG 2.1           A             1.1.1      Non-text Content

WCAG 2.1           A             1.2.1      Audio-only and Video-only (Prerecorded)

WCAG 2.1           A             1.2.2      Captions (Prerecorded)

WCAG 2.1           A             1.2.3      Audio Description or Media Alternative (Prerecorded)

WCAG 2.1           A             1.3.1      Info and Relationships

WCAG 2.1           A             1.3.2      Meaningful Sequence

WCAG 2.1           A             1.3.3      Sensory Characteristics

WCAG 2.1           A             1.4.1      Use of Color

WCAG 2.1           A             1.4.2      Audio Control

WCAG 2.1           A             2.1.1      Keyboard

WCAG 2.1           A             2.1.2      No Keyboard Trap

WCAG 2.1           A             2.2.1      Timing Adjustable

WCAG 2.1           A             2.2.2      Pause, Stop, Hide

WCAG 2.1           A             2.3.1      Three Flashes or Below Threshold

WCAG 2.1           A             2.4.1      Bypass Blocks

WCAG 2.1           A             2.4.2      Page Titled

WCAG 2.1           A             2.4.3      Focus Order

WCAG 2.1           A             2.4.4      Link Purpose (In Context)

WCAG 2.1           A             3.1.1      Language of Page

WCAG 2.1           A             3.2.1      On Focus

WCAG 2.1           A             3.2.2      On Input

WCAG 2.1           A             3.3.1      Error Identification

WCAG 2.1           A             3.3.2      Labels or Instructions

WCAG 2.1           A             4.4.1      Parsing

WCAG 2.0           A             4.4.2      Name, Role, Value

WCAG 2.1           AA          1.2.4      Captions (Live)

WCAG 2.1           AA          1.2.5      Audio Description (Prerecorded)

WCAG 2.1           AA          1.4.3      Contrast (Minimum)

WCAG 2.1           AA          1.4.4      Resize Text

WCAG 2.1           AA          1.4.5      Images of Text

WCAG 2.1           AA          2.4.5      Multiple Ways

WCAG 2.1           AA          2.4.6      Headings and Labels

This statement was prepared on 10th September 2020.