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Accessibility

Accessibility statement for Reading Lists

This accessibility statement applies to Solent University Reading Lists.

About Solent University Reading Lists

Solent Reading Lists is an instance of the Talis Aspire software, which is developed and maintained by Talis. This instance is hosted and updated by Talis on behalf of Solent University Library on a software as a service model. Talis give details of the Reading Lists' compliance with the WCAG 2.0 guidelines on their accessibility page

Using Solent University Reading Lists

You should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • 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:

  • Although all the website seems to be accessible using the keyboard, this is at times very difficult, for example, at the bottom of a list page there are hidden elements that take focus, meaning that you have to tab through these elements before cycling round to the top of the page again
  • Although almost all the site seems to be readable by a screen-reader, this is at times difficult, for example, there is no enumeration of the elements in the drop down menus. Further examples include: the suggested searches that appear when typing in the search bar are not read out, and in some places the search bar itself has no label and so is not announced.
  • The link text in some places is insufficient or unhelpful. For example, when viewing a record the link to online resource reads out the entire URL unnecessarily., while the links to bookstores just read out the price of the item without giving any indication of where the link will take the user.

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

  • At the bottom of a list page there are hidden elements that take focus.
  • In some places the search bar itself has no label and so is not announced.
  • The link text in some places is insufficient or unhelpful. For example, when viewing a record the link to online resource reads out the entire URL unnecessarily., while the links to bookstores just read out the price of the item without giving any indication of where the link will take the user.

Disproportionate burden

The problems noted above are intrinsic to Talis Aspire as developed by Talis. We believe the cost of replacing this system with one that will be entirely accessible would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when the supplier contract is up for renewal, likely to be before 2022.

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

The e-resources that are linked to here are outside the scope of this statement. Accessibility is a factor when purchasing decisions are made, and in addition, we run an accessible formats service, which you can register for via Access Solent.

What we're doing to improve accessibility

Almost all 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 21st September 2020. It was last reviewed on 21st September 2020. This website was last tested on 21st 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.