Accessibility statement for the H&F local studies and archive catalogue

This accessibility statement applies to the H&F local studies and archive catalogue. There’s a separate accessibility statement for the main H&F website.

This website is run by Hammersmith & Fulham Libraries and Archives through our third party supplier, Axiell.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • get from the start of the service to the end using just a keyboard
  • get from the start of the service to the end using speech recognition software
  • listen to the service 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:

  • the site is not mobile responsive and does not reflow into a single column
  • some pages are missing a top-level heading
  • some labels in the advanced search are not descriptive enough
  • all of the collection browser and record pages have the same page title
  • tables are missing header cells.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like an accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, email us at archives@lbhf.gov.uk

Reporting accessibility problems with this service

We're always looking to improve the accessibility of the H&F local studies and archive catalogue.

If you find any problems that aren't listed on this page or think we're not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, please use our report form to let us know.

Report an accessibility issue

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

H&F Libraries and Archives is committed to making H&F local studies and archive catalogue 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 listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Colour contrast

On the search results page there are colour contrast issues with the refine search button and the reference number header cell in the results table. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 (contrast - minimum).

Images, video and audio content

On record pages the alternative text for the main image uses the text from the title data cell. For some images, the description of the image has been used for the title text meaning the alternative text is too long.

Also, the alternative text for the thumbnail image is not descriptive and is made up of a string of numbers. Both issues fail WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content) and 2.4.4 (link purpose - in context).

We’re working on correcting the title and description text for images and removing thumbnail images.

Interactive tools and transactions

The quick search field has a title but does not have a label. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships) and 3.3.2 (labels or instructions).

On the advanced search page, all of the search fields are wrapped in a fieldset but the fieldset legend is missing. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships) and 3.3.2 (labels or instructions).

The labels for ‘Ref No’ (reference number) and ‘Alt Ref No’ (alternative reference number) are not clear. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.6 (headings and labels).

No instructions are given on how to use the ‘Subject’ and ‘Term’ form fields or their buttons. This fails WCAG success criterion 3.3.2 (labels or instructions).

Navigation and accessing information

There are no page regions or ARIA landmarks on the website. Regions and ARIA landmarks identify significant page areas. Most web pages should have regions defined, particularly for the main content area. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.1 (bypass blocks).

Technology

The website isn’t mobile responsive and does not reflow into one column. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.10 (reflow).

Text, links and tables

Search result and record pages all have the same page title. The collection (hierarchy) browser pages also have the same page title. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.2 (page titled).

The privacy policy and FAQs pages don’t have a page title. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.2 (page titled).

The pages in the main navigation do not have any headings with HTML heading tags except for the homepage. These pages also use the bold tag to emphasise text instead of the strong tag. Both issues fail WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships).

On record pages, the H1 heading is not descriptive of the content on the page. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.6 (headings and labels).

On the sitemap and collection browser pages, links are presented in their own table and don’t have an aria role of ‘presentation’. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships) and 4.1.2 (name, role, value).

The table used on record pages is missing a summary and header cells in the first column. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships).

The table used on the privacy policy page is missing a summary and header cells in the first row. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships).

Disproportionate burden

Not applicable.

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

Not applicable

How we tested this service

This service was last tested on 24 August 2020 by Hammersmith & Fulham Council using:

  • Accessibility insights for web
  • Browser inspection tool
  • Manual checking
  • Siteimprove
  • Text spacing
  • WAVE
  • Web developer tools.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We're working with the supplier, Axiell, to fix the issues in this statement and to make the system more usable for all users.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 21 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 21 September 2020.