Accessibility Statement for Vestiges Journal

This accessibility statement applies to and all subdomains.

This website is run by the Vestiges editors. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

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:

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

We'll consider your request and get back to you.

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, contact us at the address above.

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

We are 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 version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

A small number of our pages lack headings which makes it harder for those using screen readers to navigate. This fails WCAG 2.1. success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships). We plan to ensure that all pages in the new site we are designing have appropriately used headings on all pages.

The site was originally designed with only desktop use in mind, and although improvements have been made to increase the usability on smaller screen tablet/mobile devices, it is still not really possible to use the site properly in a portrait orientation. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.4 (Orientation). We plan to ensure that the new site we are designing is usable in both portrait and landscape orientation from the start.

Most early issues are only in PDF format

Disproportionate burden

We are not claiming a disproportionate burden for any area of improvements that are required.

Content that's not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

A great deal of effort has been undertaken to make any newer PDFs on our site as accessible as possible. We are aware that there are some older PDFs and presentations on the site (mainly regarding the old platform) which may not be accessible.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards or the information will be provided in a more accessible HTML format.

What we're doing to improve accessibility

We plan to revise the hosting in due course and as part of this work we will rebuild the site with accessibility as a foundational principle.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 4 April 2021. It was last reviewed on 4 April 2021.

This website was last tested on 3 April 2021. The test was carried out members of the Vestiges Journal editorial team.

We used a mixture of manual testing (including using NVDA) and automated testing using both WAVE and SiteImprove.

Last edited 6 July 2023