Accessibility statement for STORRE https://dspace.stir.ac.uk
This accessibility statement applies to STORRE https://dspace.stir.ac.uk
STORRE (hereafter referred to as 'website') is run by the University of Stirling. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:
- change colours, contrast levels and fonts
- zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
- 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.
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
How accessible this website is
We intend to continue our efforts to improve the accessibility and will implement updates to the website as they become possible. We are nevertheless aware that there is content served by this website which is not accessible:
- The website makes available many PDF documents which are not fully accessible to screen reader software and demonstrate other accessibility issues.
Feedback and contact information
If you need information on this website in a different format, please contact our Open Access mailbox. We will consider your request and will aim to get back to you within 7 working days.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We’re 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 our Open Access mailbox with details of the problem and we will investigate.
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
You can get in touch with the University of Stirling by calling +44 (0) 1786 473171. British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact the University of Stirling via contactSCOTLAND-BSL, the online British Sign Language video relay interpreting service. Find out more on the contactSCOTLAND website.
Find out how to contact University of Stirling .
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
The University of Stirling 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.
Non compliance with the accessibility regulations
Issues with our HTML pages
There exists a failure for WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 - Non text content .
We have a very few occurrences of non-text content that have not been made accessible with the use of a text alternative.
We plan to add the missing text alternatives by the end of October 2020. We will make sure that we meet the accessibility standards for the WCAG guideline 1.1.1 - Non text content .
There exists a failure for WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 - Name role value .
We have a very few occurrences where Assistive Technologies may not be able to gather enough information to guide the user appropriately.
We plan to fix the problem by adding enough information for Assistive Technologies by the end of October 2020. We will make sure that we meet the accessibility standards for the WCAG guideline 4.1.2 - Name role value .
There exists a failure for WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 - Info and relationships .
We have a few occurrences where visual formatting may not be sufficiently preserved when the presentation format changes.
We plan to alter the visual formatting so that it will be preserved by end of October 2020. We will make sure that we meet the accessibility standards for the WCAG guideline 1.3.1 - Info and relationships .
There exists a failure for WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.1 - Parsing .
We have a few occurrences where visual user agents such as Assistive Technologies may not be able to interpret and parse content.
We plan to fix the fix those occurrences by the end October 2020. We will make sure that we meet the accessibility standards for the WCAG guideline 4.1.1 - Parsing .
There exists a failure for WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.6 - Contrast enhanced .
We have a number of occurrences where there is not enough contrast between text and its background so that it can be read by people with moderately low vision.
We plan to add sufficient contrast between text and background by end October 2020. We will make sure that we meet the accessibility standards for the WCAG guideline 1.4.6 - Contrast enhanced .
There exists a failure for WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.1.1 - Language of page .
We have one occurrence where the language of the web page is not identified.
We plan to add the language information by the end of October 2020. We will make sure that we meet the accessibility standards for the WCAG guideline 3.1.1 - Language of page .
Issues with our PDFs and other documents
Issues with our PDFs and other documents
While the HTML pages of the website generally demonstrate high levels of accessibility (e.g. STORRE’s main pages, single views, lists, content elements, etc.), the file content that the website makes available is not fully accessible.
As the website is an open access research repository, the principal content made available to users are research outputs such as journal articles, book chapters, reports, conference papers, posters, etc., most of which are PDF documents. Many PDF (or Word) documents, especially older ones, are not fully accessible to screen reader software and do not contain other common accessibility features. In particular:
- many documents, especially older ones, do not conform to the PDF/A archiving format.
- many lack bookmarks or document titles, therefore failing to meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 2.4.5 and 2.4.2.
- many discuss scientific or scholarly concepts which may be abbreviated with no mechanism for discovering the meaning of the abbreviations, or unusual words arising from scholarly discourse without definitions. These issues each fail WCAG 2.1 criteria 3.1.4 and 3.1.1 respectively.
- there may be some documents that fail to specify their human language, thereby failing WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.1.1.
- many documents may not reflow satisfactorily. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.10.
The website has been making these documents publicly available since 2005 and as at 15 September 2020 holds more than 18,000 full-text files. We believe that making these documents fully accessible would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations.
If you require any files or documents in an alternative format please contact our Open Access mailbox.
For any PDFs or Word documents we make available after September 2020 we are working towards meeting the required accessibility standards.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
The web site does not hold content that falls outside the scope of the accessibility regulations.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
In order to improve the accessibility of our website, we will continue to review the accessibility using automated tools and manual testing procedures where necessary.
For any PDFs or Word documents we make available after September 2020 we are working towards meeting the required accessibility standards. The University has made an institutional commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and setup an Accessibility working group. The working group is raising awareness of the regulations and coordinating the creation of guidance and training materials for University staff (who submit documents to the website) in how to create accessible documents.
We will be updating this statement to reflect our progress on rectifying the failures discovered and will provide an outline of any forthcoming resolutions where possible.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 15 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 15 September 2020.
This website was last tested on 14 September 2020. The test was carried out by Clare Allan, Senior Research Librarian, University of Stirling.
Our approach on deciding which sample pages to test is explained in the document at: http://stir.ac.uk/3w5.
You can read the full accessibility test report at: https://checker.web2access.org/review/4c81369fc43b089f3ed838bc3d1a93854eae2fb9bf61709155
- our main website/platform, available at https://dspace.stir.ac.uk
- our other parts of the website, available at https://dspace.stir.ac.uk/community-list , https://dspace.stir.ac.uk/browse?type=dateissued , https://dspace.stir.ac.uk/browse?type=author , https://dspace.stir.ac.uk/feedback , https://dspace.stir.ac.uk/browse?type=title , https://dspace.stir.ac.uk/simple-search?filterquery=false&filtername=has_content_in_original_bundle&filtertype=equals , https://dspace.stir.ac.uk/help/index.html , https://dspace.stir.ac.uk/handle/1893/31667 , and https://dspace.stir.ac.uk/handle/1893/31666
Automated Testing Statistics
- Conformance level A guideline pass rate: 69.23%
- Conformance level AA guideline pass rate: 69.23%
- Conformance level AAA guideline pass rate: 61.54%
This accessibility statement was initially automatically generated using the Web2Access tool and created using the sample format defined by the UK Government (2 April 2020 edition) . Subsequently the statement was edited to include specific local content and details.