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Accessibility statement

This statement provides information on the accessibility of new Scottish Parliament websites. It also explains how we've tested the websites and areas that we still need to work on.

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

  • view content with easy to read fonts and good colour contrast
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand and explained technical terms where we’ve had to use them.

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 beta website are not fully accessible including:

  • we don’t have captions on video content from the Chamber and committee meetings 
  • some areas of the website are not keyboard accessible including the:
    • on-page feedback form
    • date picker when filtering a search
  • our Bill documents and amendment documents are not accessible due to the limitations of the software used to create them
  • links are not always giving a pre-warning when they open in a new browser window
  • there’s a limit to how far you can magnify the size our website

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a more accessible format contact the Web and Online project.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this beta website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact the Web and Online project.

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).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.

Our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Find out how to contact us on the Beta website contact us page.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

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

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.

  • No closed captions or audio descriptions on multimedia due to legacy content: 1.2.2 (Level A) and 1.2.5 (Level AA)
  • Some features on the website such as date picker and feedback form cannot be accessed using the keyboard alone and there’s ongoing work to fix this issue: 2.1.1 (Level A)
  • More context needs to be provided for links across the website, including contact details, icons and links that open in new browser windows: 2.4.4 (Level A)
  • Pages on the website cannot be magnified above 100% and there’s ongoing work to fix this issue: 1.4.10 (Level AA)

Disproportionate burden

Closed captions and audio description on video content for all Chamber and committee meetings fails 1.2.2 (Level A) and 1.2.5 (Level AA). Due to the scale of legacy video content from Parliamentary business, this is not something that we be able to solve in the short-term. We’re currently looking at options to fix this for our business video content.

Legislation documents and amendment PDF documents (not included under WCAG 2.1 criteria). Due to the legacy system where the Bill documents and amendments are created, this is not something that we can solve in the short-term.

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

PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents do not meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish, that are not Bill or amendment documents, will meet accessibility standards.

How we tested this website

We commissioned an external specialist partner between December 2018 and January 2019 to do a full accessibility audit of our website. The audit was carried out using:

  • automated tools such as WAVE
  • going through content manually with screen readers for example Jaws and NVDA
  • testing with screen magnification software, for example ZoomText
  • using colour contrast tools across the website

We made changes based on the recommendations where we could and some of these changes are part of our improvement plan.

We tested:

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We’re currently testing the website every 2-3 weeks and are keen to continuously improve the accessibility of the website. Please get in touch with our Web and Online project if you’re interested in being involved in one of these informal research sessions. 

This statement was prepared on 16 September 2019.

Updated on 19 September 2019