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    Accessibility Statement for Aberdeen University Press

    This accessibility statement applies to the Aberdeen University Press website, including the journal and monograph webpages.

    This website, including the journal and monograph webpages, is run and supported by Ubiquity Press Publishing Platforms, on behalf of Aberdeen University Press. Ubiquity Press Publishing Platforms have prepared a statement providing accessibility information to users of the platform which should be read in conjunction with this statement.    

    We want as many people as possible to be able to use the Aberdeen University Press 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 know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:  

    Higher Priority Issues

    ·       Some images that represent unique information lack alternative text.

    ·      Some pages lack a heading structure, as heading semantics are not provided. Users cannot use the headings to understand the page structure and may struggle to navigate the page content.

    ·      There are elements with insufficient colour contrast. These elements can be difficult to read, especially for those with low vision, poor eyesight, or colour blindness.

    ·      Some elements cannot be resized with browser settings. Users relying on browser text resize might have difficulties reading the content on the pages

    ·      Some elements overlap when the user changes the text spacing in the browser. This may cause some users to miss important information.

    ·      Some interactive elements lack a visible focus indicator. Users who rely on keyboard might lose track of the navigation

    ·      There are no error messages present for some elements. Users may not know something has gone wrong with the data they enter.

    ·      Some pages have illogical focus order. Keyboard-only users depend on meaningful focus order.

    Lower Priority Issues

    ·      No skip link is available for users to bypass certain blocks of content.

    ·      Some pages lack a descriptive page title. This may cause initial confusion over the purpose of the page.

    ·      Some pages have non-interactive elements in the focus order. Keyboard-only users depend on meaningful focus order and may be confused by focus on elements they can't interact with.

    Feedback and contact information

    If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

    ·       email: aup@abdn.ac.uk

    We’ll consider your request and 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 email aup@abdn.ac.uk.

    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).

    Technical information about this website’s accessibility

    Aberdeen University Press is committed to making its website 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 version2.1 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

    Know Issues

    WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria


    1.1.1 Non-text (Level A)

    Some images (eg thumbnails, icons) lack appropriate alternative text.

    1.3.1 Info and Relationships (Level A)

    Some heading levels are inconsistent and skipped.

    Some lists are not semantically contained in a list.

    1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum) (Level AA)

    The colour scheme on the website Press Portal footer not provide sufficient contrast for some text.

    1.4.4 Resize Text (Level AA)

    Text resizing is not supported across the site. Some functionality is lost with text resizing.

    2.1.1 Keyboard (Level A)

    Some controls are not keyboard accessible.

    2.2.2 Pause, Stop, Hide (Level A)

    Some pages contain auto-playing that cannot be paused, stopped or hidden.

    2.4.1 Bypass Blocks (Level A)

    There is no mechanism for bypassing blocks of repeated content.

    2.4.2 Page Titled (Level A)

    Some page titles are not unique and use the same name.

    2.4.3 Focus Order (Level A)

    Some navigations has non-logical focus order.

    2.4.4 Link Purpose (in Context) (Level A)

    Some instances of vague link descriptors (eg ‘here’)

    3.2.2 On Input (Level A)

    Focus is moved unexpectedly when activating some buttons.

    3.3.2 Labels or Instructions (Level A)

    Some required field in forms are not visually identified.

    Some elements are missing labels. 

    4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (Level A)

    Some interactive UI components (eg checkboxes) are not labelled correctly and do not allow state changes to be programmatically determined.


    What we are doing to improve accessibility

    This website, including the journals and monographs pages, is provided by Ubiquity Press as part of their publishing services contract with Aberdeen University Press. Currently, the Ubiquity Press Portal platform front end content (the Aberdeen University Press website) and the Ubiquity Press Journals platform front end content (the Aberdeen University Press journal pages) partially support assistive technologies that visitors might use, such as screen readers or text only browsers.

    Ubiquity Press are working to address ‘non-compliance with the accessibility regulations’ detailed in section above. You can read the Ubiquity Press Publishing Platforms Accessibility Statement and full Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) documentation at the following links:

    ·       Ubiquity Press Publishing Platforms Accessibility Statement

    ·       Journals Front end VPAT

    ·       Press Portal Front end VPAT

    Aberdeen University Press will raise accessibility issues with the supplier and work with them to find solutions, where possible.

    Preparation of this accessibility statement

    This statement was prepared on 19 October 2022. It will be reviewed on 31 August 2023.  

    This website was last tested on 19 October 2022 The test was carried out manually by University of Aberdeen staff and also via the following automated testing tools:

    ·       W3cValidation Tool

    ·       WAVEEvaluation Tool

    ·       AXEDev Tools

    ·       Lighthouse

    We used this approach, manual and automated, to programmatically check WCAG compliance across the whole Aberdeen University Press domain.