Accessibility Statement for PA-X Peace Agreements Database website

This accessibility statement applies to https://www.peaceagreements.org

This website is run by the Political Settlements Research Programme team in the School of Law on behalf of The University of Edinburgh. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this application. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300%
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using screen reading software
  • experience no time limit upon use

Customising the website

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability. This is an external site with suggestions to make your computer more accessible:
AbilityNet – My Computer My Way

With a few simple steps you can customise the appearance of our website using your browser settings to make it easier to read and navigate:
Additional information on how to customise our website appearance

If you are a member of University staff or a student, you can use the free SensusAccess accessible document conversion service:
Information on SensusAccess

How accessible this website is

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

  • It may be difficult to use this site with screen readers
  • Access to all content may not be possible by using the keyboard alone
  • Some interactive content might not be fully accessible
  • Not all colour contrasts meet the recommended Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard
  • Some content is only available in PDFs which may not be fully accessible

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format, including accessible PDF, large print, audio recording or braille, please contact the Political Settlements Research Programme:

We will consider your request and get back to you within 5 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page, or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact the Political Settlements Research Programme:

We will consider your request and get back to you within 5 working days.

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 please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) directly:
Contact details for the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

The government has produced information on how to report accessibility issues:
Reporting an accessibility problem on a public sector website

Contacting us by phone using British Sign Language

British Sign Language service

contactSCOTLAND-BSL runs a service for British Sign Language users and all of Scotland’s public bodies using video relay. This enables sign language users to contact public bodies and vice versa. The service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
contactSCOTLAND-BSL service details

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Edinburgh is committed to making its websites and applications 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 (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.
The full guidelines are available at:
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard

Non-accessible content

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

Noncompliance with the accessibility regulations

The following items do not comply with the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria:

  • Occasionally content is not fully accessible by keyboard, particularly in the PA-X Local Peace Agreements Database where keyboard focus is not immediately visible on dropdown menus. On the Covid-19 Ceasefires page, there is a keyboard trap at the end of the timeline functionality and a mouse is required to exit the timeline. 2.1 – Keyboard accessible and Criteria 2.1.2 No Keyboard Trap
  • Data visualisations may not be fully accessible using a keyboard or screen reader. 2.1 – Keyboard accessible and Criteria 2.1.2 No Keyboard Trap
  • Heading tags are not ordered correctly on all pages. Heading levels are occasionally skipped. 1.3.1: Info and Relationships
  • In some places there is not sufficient colour contrast between font and background colours, particularly in the footer. 1.4.3: Contrast (Minimum)
  • Most peace agreement text is only available as PDFs, and not all older PDFs meet accessibility standards.
  • Some images do not have alternate text. In most cases these are decorative, as in the case of publication covers.

Disproportionate burden

We are not currently claiming that any accessibility problems would be a disproportionate burden to fix.

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

PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents do not meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).
WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value)

We will try to ensure any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards and where we find any that are not accessible we will rectify this as soon as possible.

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.
Regulations for PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to address the accessibility issues highlighted. Where issues are within our direct control, we will work to provide a significant improvement by November 2020 and aim to resolve all issues by June 2021. We will prioritise the issues we have identified with creating alternative formats for PDF documents with the aim of resolving these as quickly as possible.

While we are in the process of resolving these accessibility issues, or where we are unable, we will ensure reasonable adjustments are in place to make sure no user is disadvantaged. As changes are made, we will continue to review accessibility and retest the accessibility of this website.

Improvements to date (September 2020):

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 22 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 23 September 2020.

This website was tested by the Political Settlements Research Programme in September 2020, primarily using Firefox and Chrome browsers. We carried out basic manual testing alongside automated testing using Wave WebAim.

We tested a sample of pages that include most of the various page formats on this page, including Home, Search PA-X, PA-X Local, Amnesties, Visualisations, and About.

We tested:

  • Scaling using different resolutions
  • Options to customise the interface (magnification, font, background colour et cetera)
  • Keyboard-only navigation
  • Information conveyed in colour or sound only
  • Use with assistive software e.g Read&Write
  • Text alternatives for any non-text content

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