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Accessibility Statement for the Archive and Special Collections website

This accessibility statement applies to the Leeds Beckett University Archive and Special Collections website at

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

  • zoom in to at least 200% without the text spilling off the screen
  • resize to a single column with no horizontal scrolling
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (we used JAWS 2018 as part of our accessibility testing)
  • find content using multiple methods (e.g. navigation menu and search feature)
  • navigate most of the website using just one finger on a mobile device
  • flip content horizontally and vertically on a mobile device
  • adjust line height for most text using a browser plug-in

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.

The Library’s software page provides information on assistive software which may help in using our systems and websites.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • there are some issues with the heading structure
  • there is no inbuilt option to change the colours, font or text sizes
  • there is no inbuilt option to modify the line height or spacing of text
  • The History and Features pages have some issues which make them difficult to access using keyboard navigation

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on the content of our systems and websites in a different format (for example accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille) please email We'll consider your request and get back to you within 5 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of our systems and websites. If you find any problems or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact

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).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

The Library supports the use of The Next Generation Text Service. Alternatively you can email us or contact us by online chat

You can find out all the ways you can get in touch with us on the Library website Contact Us page.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Leeds Beckett University is committed to making its websites 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

The heading structure could be improved to work better for screen readers. This relates to WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships). We are currently investigating further what improvements we can make, although we are limited by the technical constraints of the externally provided system used to host the website.

On the History page, the Read more links are not selectable when tabbing through the page, so it appears that these cannot be selected with the keyboard. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 (Keyboard). 

When tabbing through the Features page, the tab order is not logical from 'Ernest and the Lanterns' onwards - it is not possible to see what is selected on the page, and when clicking enter 'Ernest and the Lanterns' repeatedly opens after each tab. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 2.4.3 (Focus Order) and 2.4.7 (Focus Visible). 

We are currently investigating these issues further.

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

External content
We link to the Leeds Beckett University AtoM Online Archive which may not be accessible.

PDFs and other documents
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. For example, we do not plan to fix the PDF documents linked to from the Features tab.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are currently investigating and working to fix the accessibility issues we have identified and detailed in the Non-accessible content section above.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 19 April 2021. It was last reviewed on 30 April 2021.

This website was last tested during January - February 2021. The testing was carried out by an individual member of Leeds Beckett University Library staff with advice and input from colleagues.

The following pages on the Archive website were tested: Welcome, Contact, Features, History, Collections

The pages were tested manually for conformance with WCAG 2.1 Level AA. The detailed checklist was used for testing, supported by guidance notes compiled from various sources including Understanding WCAG 2.1, and tools such as Colour Contrast Analyser, WAVE Evaluation Tool, ATbar and Line Height Adjuster. Google Chrome web browser was used for testing, on a Windows PC or Android mobile device as appropriate.