UAS has met the legal requirement to publish a statement outlining how sites are compliant and efforts being made to address non-compliance. All UAS websites link to this statement in their footer. This statement outlines how the sites meet the requirement, acknowledges where standards are not met, and outlines the timescale for the correction of these issues.
The University's Equality Policy outlines its commitment to a culture which ‘maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected’. The University has published guidance for editors and moderators to help them maintain accessibility standards.
What UAS Mosaic editors need to do
The information below outlines the actions you need to take as a Mosaic editor to ensure your website meets the accessibility requirements.
The UAS style guide, and the templates built in Mosaic, are intended to ensure that a number of accessibility requirements are met from the start. If you adhere to the principles in the style guide then you will meet the majority of the important criteria for accessibility.
Please note that accessibility also relates to your pdf files as well as to your webpage content. Pdfs published before 23rd September 2018 do not need to be compliant at this stage, however any newer pdfs must be accessible, and when any older pdfs are updated they must meet these requirements.
Lead editors on each site have access to Silktide, a web-based service that regularly scans the site to check for errors, including ways in which the site, or site content, does not meet accessibility requirements.
Site editors are responsible for resolving issues relating to the content of their site.
Silktide categorises accessibility issues by their rating:
AA standard must be achieved; editors should correct A and AA issues as a priority as soon as possible on live sites, and before go-live for other sites
Reaching AAA standard is a goal, so editors should fix these where/when they can
Silktide will highlight some issues which editors can currently ignore:
Some will be addressed by the Mosaic development team
Some are not correctly identified as a problem
If there are any issues which are raised by Silktide with which editors need help or clarification, they should contact the UAS communications team.
The Mosaic platform does very well in comparative terms in being compliant, but the Mosaic team are aware that there is still room for improvement. They will work to address some of the technical issues which are known, and will seek clarification on if/when/how other issues are to be resolved. The list in the project's guidance document of issues which editors can currently ignore includes technical matters being addressed by Mosaic.