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Accessibility Statement for wicid.ukdataservice.ac.uk

This accessibility statement applies to wicid.ukdataservice.ac.uk. This website is run by UCL (as a partner in the UK Data Service). We want as many people as possible to be able to use this able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to: Navigate most of the website using just a keyboard Zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen Navigate most of the website using speech recognition software Listen to most of the website using a screen reader (tested using the most recent version of NVDA) 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 know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • Our forms are not always correctly labelled
  • A table header is not properly labelled
  • We have not adequately described groupings of buttons
  • We have used a layout table to position text elements
  • We have mouse specific events without corresponding keyboard events
  • We have some text that is too small
  • We have some redundant or empty links
  • The contrast of the colours is not always optimal

How to request content in an accessible format

If you are unable to access the data or information on this website then we will work with you to get your requests to you in a suitable format:

We will get back in touch with you within 7 days to work out how best we can respond to your request. If you cannot get through on the above phone number, please leave a voicemail - we are checking our voicemail regularly.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We're always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren't listed on this page or think we're not meeting accessibility requirements, contact our Marketing and Communications Manager, on 01206 872001 or by email: comms@ukdataservice.ac.uk.

Enforcement procedure

If you contact us with a complaint and you are not happy with our response contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS). 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').

Technical information about this website's accessibility

UCL 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.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
  • Some web pages have not been marked up into a proper structure and/or do not have identification of page regions/landmarks to aid navigation. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.1 (Bypass blocks). We are working on adding page regions to each page.
  • Some table header elements contain no text, which means screen reader users may not understand the context of tables. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships).
  • Buttons and checkboxes have not been adequately described and grouped using framesets, which means it is harder for screen readers to make sense of the web page function. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.3.2 (Labels or Instructions). We are working on adding framesets and labels to our web pages.
  • Some 'onclick' events do not have a corresponding keyboard equivalent. This means that keyboard-only users are notable to make use of this function. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 (Keyboard).
  • Some titles do not contain concise, meaningful descriptions which means help users navigate content. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.2 (page titled). We will aim to add these descriptions to any new pages created.
  • Some form controls do not have a name exposed to assistive technologies, so some users cannot identify the purpose of the form control. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value). We will review form controls when we review/refresh the WICID website.
  • Some links have missing text which enable users to distinguish a link from other links in the web page. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 and 2.4.4. We will add appropriate text to all new links added to the website going forward and will review older links prioritising our most popular web pages first.
  • Some content has been inserted using CSS and may not appear when CSS is turned off or when users are using their own accessible style sheets. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 1.3.1 (Info and relationships). We will check that any new pages created do not insert content using CSS.
  • Some pages use relative instead of absolute units which means that the page cannot be rendered correctly at different resolutions which some people who have sight difficulties require when using zoom features to read content. This does not meet success criterion 1.4.4 (Resize text). We will speak with our developers to check that any new pages created do meet this criteria.
  • The focus indicator is not always visible which can prevent people from knowing which element has the keyboard focus. This does not meet success criterion 2.4.7 (focus visible). We will speak with our developers to check that any new pages created do meet this criteria.
We have fixed the accessibility issues where we are able to do so within the current interface. We will address the remaining issues listed above when we retire the current WICID website and replace it with an API and a user-friendly interface (with accessibility by design).

Disproportionate Burden

This section covers issues that we cannot fix right now. We have assessed the cost of fixing these issues but believe that doing so would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the law. We have used a table layout to position text whereas tables should be for presenting tabular data. This means we do not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships) and 1.3.2 (Meaningful Sequence). Rewriting WICID to stop using tables for layout would mean a significant rewrite of the whole application. We do not at present have funding to do this, however, we are looking for ways to meet WCAG 2.1 compliance depending on the future of census flow data delivery.

What we are doing to improve accessibility

We will be working on tackling the accessibility issues listed above and any other issues that are found on this site.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 25 November 2020. This website was last tested on 14 January 2021. The test was carried out on the majority of pages that a regular user would visit. This test was carried out by the UKDS ADU team using the Wave Accessibility tool. Content modified from the GOV.UK accessibility statement - used through the Open Government Licence v3.0. WICID is part of the UK Data Service Census Support