The University published a web accessibility policy in July 2015. The goal is for all web pages to be compliant with the AA standard of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
The Edinburgh GEL is working towards this by providing accessibility reviews of all of its web elements.
One of the principles of the Edinburgh GEL is to make sure that the components that make up the GEL are as accessible as possible. If you experience any issues due to accessibility reasons of any of the GEL elements please contact Website support.
Each component has been tested or is in the process of being tested for any accessibility issues. Every element has an accessibility section with the results of this testing. If any serious issues have been found this will be highlighted in this section. Where there are critical issues these will be picked up when available as part of development projects and improved, fixed or replaced.
The long-term goal and intention of this policy is to state clear accessibility principles that all University of Edinburgh websites must follow. The University is in the process of ensuring all pages comply with the AA standard of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
The University acknowledges that this is a work in progress and, in order to ensure no user is disadvantaged while this work is carried out, the University intends to respond to all requests for assistance with accessibility by either altering the necessary content as soon as possible, or, if requested, by providing the information in an alternative format at no cost within a reasonable timeframe. It is the responsibility of the webpage owner to provide these alternative formats. Websites shall provide appropriate channels of communication to allow visitors to request alternative formats and to give feedback about any accessibility issues.
This practice will continue after the University’s web pages are deemed AA compliant in order to meet specific individual needs that cannot be met by mainstream adjustments and to ensure that required adjustments to our web pages are made to maximise their accessibility to disabled users.