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Accessibility

Accessibility statement for Solent Electronic Archive

This accessibility statement applies to Solent Electronic Archive (SEA).

About Solent Electronic Archive

Solent Electronic Archive (SEA) is an instance of the Eprints software, which is developed and maintained by Eprints. It is a repository of Solent University's research publications and selected student projects. This instance is hosted on Solent University servers, but many changes need to be performed by Eprints and there are limits to the customization that Solent Library can do. Many of the functions of SEA within the university have been replaced by the Solent Research Portal, but SEA still holds legacy material and adds a small number of items that are not being accepted into the new Portal.

Using Solent Electronic Archive

You should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent version of NVDA)

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:

  • Pages do not reformat when zooming or resizing the screen. You will need to scroll to use the site at high zoom or on a small screen.
  • Several pages have colour contrast problems.
  • Many form elements on pages do not have labels, meaning their function is not announced by the screen reader. This includes the username and password boxes when logging in.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, audio recording etc.:

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 this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we're not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: library.loans@solent.ac.uk. Alternatively, you may go direct to James Clark, Library Digital Systems Manager, email: james.clark@solent.ac.uk, telephone: 023 8201 3260

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

If you prefer not to use our online chat service, you can email, telephone, or visit in person. We can provide arrange for an audio induction loop if you contact us before your visit.
Find out how to contact us.

Technical information about this website's accessibility

Solent University is committed to making its website 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 and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • Pages do not reformat when zooming or resizing the screen. You will need to scroll to use the site at high zoom or on a small screen.
  • Several pages have colour contrast problems.
  • Many form elements on pages do not have labels, meaning their function is not announced by the screen reader. This includes the username and password boxes when logging in.

Disproportionate burden

The problems listed above are intrinsic to the software as developed by Eprints. We believe the cost of replacing this system with one that is entirely accessible would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment by summer 2022.

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

Many of the documents housed in SEA are outside the scope of this statement due to the date of their publication. For newer documents what is uploaded is in many cases strictly controlled by the regulations of publishers, so it is not clear that they fall within the scope of the regulations either.

What we're doing to improve accessibility

We are correcting some problems raised by the audit, such as the insufficient link text. However, most of the accessibility issues need to be corrected by our vendor. We raise issues with them when appropriate.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 22 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 22 September 2020. This website was last tested on 22 September 2020. The test was carried out by ourselves. The approach to deciding on a sample of pages to test is described (under the Selection of pages heading) in the accessibility report; you can read the full accessibility test report.