Technical accessibility statement
Hammersmith & Fulham Council is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).
We plan to add text alternatives for all images by September 2020. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
On some pages, the same link text is used for links going to different destinations meaning users might not know the difference if this is not explained. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (link purpose - in context).
We plan to make links distinguishable by September 2020. When we publish new content we’ll make sure links are distinct and meet accessibility standards.
Links in blocks of text are only identifiable by colour and don’t meet the minimum colour contrast ratio needed between links and surrounding text. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.1 (use of colour).
The colour of the text and the colour of the background in our banner advertisements and tables are not insufficient contrast to each other. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.4.3 (contrast - minimum).
We plan to fix these issues by September 2020.
Elements used in our website code that should normally be used to structure content, have also been used to style content. For example, heading tags (H1, H2 and so forth) have been used with CSS classes to mark-up things such as our council logo and social media buttons in our navigation bar.
This means our pages have an illogical heading structure when viewed using a screen reader and other assistive technology. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (information and relationships).
We plan to fix this by September 2020.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
Many of our older PDFs and Word documents don’t meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be marked up so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).
Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents.
We have created a register of PDFs and Word documents that are essential for service delivery and by late 2020, we plan to either fix these, unpublish them or replace them with accessible HTML pages.
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. However, we plan to replace as many PDFs as possible with accessible HTML pages.
Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards unless we determine that they represent a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations.
For example ‘highly designed’ publications created for print and published on the website for customers to print off, usually for a limited period of time. We’ve assessed our resources and the cost of fixing issues with the above publications and we believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations.
These documents typically don’t meet the following WCAG 2.1 success criteria:
- 1.1.1 non-text content
- 1.3.1 information and relationships
- 1.3.2 meaningful sequence
- 2.1.1 keyboard
- 1.4.3 contrast (minimum)
- 1.4.5 images of text
- 1.4.10 reflow
- 1.4.12 text spacing
We publish key information contained in these publications in a web page or link to alternative sources of information. We offer information in an alternative format on demand.
Ultimately, we plan to provide an accessible HTML version of the information as the primary source.
Most of our videos don't have accurate edited captions. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.2 (captions pre-recorded). None of them have audio descriptions. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.5 (audio description pre-recorded).
The regulations do not apply to pre-recorded videos published before 23 September 2020. However, while these videos are not subject to the legislation, we have carried out an audit of all our videos and have begun a process of updating captions on our recently published videos.
Any new videos we publish will have edited captions, subtitles or be audibly described.
Online maps and mapping services are exempt from the regulations if essential information is provided in an accessible digital manner for maps intended for navigational use.
Some maps that we use for navigational purposes don’t have a text alternative giving the address of the location shown on the map. This fails WCAG success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).
We plan to add addresses for these locations by January 2020.
We also plan to improve the results page of the ‘Where’s my nearest’ tool to make it clearer that the results presented are in order of how close they are to the address given.
How we tested this website
We use Siteimprove, an automated testing system to help us monitor and fix usability and accessibility issues as they occur. The web team also manually review and update the site to maintain any parts that automated testing cannot cover.
The website was last audited by an external organisation on 8 January 2019. The audit was carried out by Shaw Trust Accessibility Services and included technical and manual testing. The sample of pages reviewed in the audit was selected using the following criteria:
- pages common to many websites - for example, homepage and contact us
- pages with variations in layout and functionality
- most visited pages
- selecting pages at random
You can read the full accessibility test report (pdf 3.31MB).
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
When we update our website, we will carefully monitor new content to ensure it meets accessibility standards.
We will work to improve the accessibility of documents published on the website.
We plan to carry out in-depth user testing in the future, including with users of assistive technology.
We have monitoring in place to review the accessibility of the site on an ongoing basis. We use this monitoring to identify and fix any new issues that arise.
We plan to provide an accessible HTML version of any new information as the primary source rather than using a PDF.
This statement was prepared on 23 September 2019. It was last updated on 4 February 2020.