We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to everyone, regardless of technology or ability. We are continually working to improve ease-of-use and increase the accessibility of our web services and content. In doing so, we aim to adhere to the latest available standards and guidelines.
Key guidelines and standards that our website follows
We aim for our website to conform to level AA of the WC3 WCAG 2.1 AA standards, using the guidelines detailed on W3.org. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities and ensure a positive user experience for all website visitors.
Our website has been built in WordPress using code compliant with WC3 standards for HTML5 and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). The site is responsive and displays correctly in current browsers. Using compliant HTML/CSS code means future browsers will also display the site correctly.
Any areas of the website that do not currently meet these standards are detailed below.
Known exceptions to intended level of accessibility
While shadow.buckinghamshire.gov.uk strives to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website.
The known areas where this website does not adhere to accepted guidelines and standards are as follows:
Our website contains some content only available in PDF format. We are currently working to make this content available as accessible PDFs and/or in HTML format by 1 April 2020.
Our website contains links to hosted video content, including live webinars. These videos do not currently use closed captions, open captions or synchronised text streams. In order to make this video content accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing, we aim to make these videos WCAG 2.0 AA compliant by 1 April 2020.
The visible focus of our website’s top navigation items and footer links is clear but the visible focus of sub-items in the menu and on-page hyperlinks may not meet WCAG 2.1 AA standards. We will work to address this by 1 April 2020.
Our website contact form does not offer user’s an auto-fill option and therefore does not meet WCAG 2.1 AA standards. We aim to add the code to enable this by 1 April 2020.
On our website there are some cases of low contrast between foreground and background colours. We aim to resolve this issue by 1 April 2020, though progress may be dependent on the limitations of our WordPress theme.
Contact details for reporting difficulties
We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility. In the meantime, should you experience any difficulty in accessing www.shadow.buckinghamshire.gov.uk, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We will also strive to provide any inaccessible content in an accessible format on a case-by-case basis.
Updated: 19 December 2019