Wadham College WCAG 2.1 AA Accessibility

Wadham College is committed to providing an accessible web presence that gives members of the public and members of the University community full access to information, courses and activities offered publicly through the web. 

Our Equality Policy  states “Wadham College is committed to fulfilling the public sector equality duty… No applicant, student, or member of staff will be discriminated against on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or parenthood, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, or be disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be permitted by law.”

Wadham College website was built in 2013 and the College is currently in the process of commissioning a new website which will reflect all requirements of The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
In the interim period, in July 2020, our current website designers, Bureau for Visual Affairs, conducted a full accessibility audit of the website and issued the following report: 
Accessibility Report by BfVA 23 July, 2020
We have strived to conform to WCAG AA 2.1 accessibility standards across all pages. As the guidelines are somewhat vague however we have judged that after following the advice and guidelines available, having made the necessary amendments to the site, pages are now compliant. 
The site was initially audited by both a developer and designer and issues were flagged and shared in the spreadsheet before we started carrying out the task of fixing them. For more context, some of these technical changes included the following (this is not an exclusive list): 
– Full ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) added across all menus and menu items
– Labels added to form elements
– Changes to font colour contrast were required for legibility
– Ensured Alt tags are present on all images
– HTML headings were changed on some pages and modules to ensure typographic hierarchy is maintained. H1 - main page title, H2 & H3 for sub headings
Most were simply fixed as best we can by amended HTML, and made the relevant amendments where required.
Alongside following W3 accessibility guidelines we utilised several web tools to identify both accessibility and standards issues. There were:
1. Chrome extension "wave" https://wave.webaim.org/extension/ - which highlights any errors, warnings etc. in page
2. https://validator.w3.org/ to check XHTML is valid
3. CSS validator Jigsaw CSS Validator
4. HTML validator W3 Validator

Using the Site

The site’s text size can be adjusted according to your preferences via options in your browser's 'View' or 'Page' menu.

This can also be done via your keyboard:

  • PC users: Select 'Ctrl' and '+' or '–'
  • Mac Users: Select 'Cmd' and '+' or '–'

The following online resources are available to help you change your browser settings:

AbilityNet has advice on making your devices easier to use if you have a disability.

Some of the resources on the website are available to view or download in Portable Document Format (PDF). You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read PDF files, which can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website.

Technical details

We have provided the features set out below to improve navigation for screen reader users, keyboard navigation and users of text-only browsers.

Structured, semantic markup: headings and navigation menus
HTML heading tags are used to convey the document layout. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles, and so on. Navigation menus are marked up as HTML lists. This ensures that the number of links in the list is read out at the start and it can be skipped easily.

Where an image conveys important information, alternative text will be provided. If the image is used for a decorative purpose the alternative text will be left blank.

Style sheets, fonts, colours
This site uses software called Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control all of the presentation and layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets, the use of structured semantic markup ensures that the content of each page is still readable and clearly structured.

Font sizes and colours can be changed by using your own custom style sheets or browser settings. The BBC has an excellent guide on how to do this for various browsers and systems.

The content on this site has been written and formatted to make it accessible and the site is fully accessible if scripting is unavailable.

Standards compliance
The pages on this site conform at a minimum to Level A compliance as specified by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. This site also meets the majority of Level AA and AAA requirements. Most of the pages validate as HTML 5 and use structured semantic markup and our CSS also validates the pages.

Wadham website – future accessibility plans

In order to ensure that all of our visitors can use our website, Wadham College web pages aim to meet Level-AA standard of WCAG 2.1. However, we are aware that not all our pages are fully compliant, for example, some older PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software and older video content is not captioned. To fully conform to Government accessibility standards Wadham College has committed to the creation of a new website, with tendering commencing in autumn 2020. 

Reporting issues with website accessibility

If you have any other questions or concerns about this statement or the accessibility of any of our webpages, please contact comms@wadham.ox.ac.uk