Accessibility Compliance

Purpose

This page sets out the standards for web pages on our website. These standards should be met in order that:

  • web content is easy to find, appropriate, understandable and navigable – in short, usable
  • pages are rendered properly in all the main browsers and small/handheld devices that conform to xhtml standards
  • web content is accessible to people who have a technological, physical or other disability (10-20 per cent of the population has a disability that may make accessing web page harder).

Legal compliance

We must comply with the Disability Discrimination Act| (1995) and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (SENDA) as this relates to the website| (defined here as all sites under the University of Bolton domain). SENDA legislation states that all educational websites must be accessible to all and no one should be denied access to learning or information because of a disability.

People with disabilities (for instance visual or hearing, physical or cognitive difficulties, dyslexia) may need to use adaptive technologies such as screen readers, Braille displays, voice recognition software, alternative keyboard/mice, and the like to view web pages; these technologies require pages to be created in accessible HTML. The university aspires to an accessible website which will successfully communicate its information to anyone whichever of the main browsing device or adaptive technologies they use.

Levels of accessibility

The W3C, the governing body setting standards for the Web, lists three levels of usability:

Priority One allows some users, whatever disabilities they may have, and whatever technologies they are using, to view the web page as intended.

Priority Two allows most users, whatever disabilities they may have, and whatever technologies they are using, to view the web page as intended easily. Some may find it harder to access the document.

Priority Three allows all users, whatever disabilities they may have, and whatever technologies they are using, to view the web page simply.

Acessibility Statement

At present the university aspires to operate at Priority Two, which complies with SENDA. Where undue administrative or financial burdens may be incurred in achieving this standard, alternative formats may be used. Introduction of the universities Content Management System has made it easier for all staff responsible for online content to adhere to these policies.

Web Publishers/Editors must be familiar with the accessibility guidelines and apply them when designing and creating web pages. Each School, Centre and Service will ensure compliance of their own sites. Any third party contracts must incorporate the minimum accessibility requirements. Webpages created outside of the Content Management System which are potentially coded in different formats are not covered by this policy, these are usually pages published on other webservers within the university. Only pages published using the Content Management System are available on the official http://www.bolton.ac.uk| website.

Schools and Departments are responsible for maintaining standards according to this policy. The Web Coordinator will advise and assist where necessary.

Content Management System

The university Content Management System is called Contensis. Further information relating to Contensis can be found on there website at;
http://www.contentmanagement.co.uk|

Guidelines will be set out on the University's website. The relevant pages are:

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