Accessibility Statement for Living with Machines

Introduction

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

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.

Scope

The British Library is committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This accessibility statement applies to the following website:

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible:

  • Non text content does not have a text alternative that serves an equivalent purpose
  • In some cases, images of text are used to convey information

What to do if you can’t access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

  • email: FOI-Enquiries@bl.uk
  • call: 01937 546 060 (Customer Services)
  • write to: Corporate Information Unit, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 20 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact the Head of Corporate Information Management by email at FOI-Enquiries@bl.uk, or in writing at Corporate Information Unit, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB.

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

We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment: Textphone 01937 546 434.

Hearing induction loops are fitted at all Library Information and Enquiry Desks, or if you contact us before your visit we may be able to arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Further information about Accessibility at the British Library can be found on our Visit Us website.

Compliance Status

This website is partially compliant with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018, 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

  • Some images do not have a text alternative, or use generic placeholder script, so users of screen readers cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). We plan to add text alternatives for all images by January 2020. When we publish new content we will make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
  • In some cases, images of text are used to convey information, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.5 (images of text). We plan to separate information and structure from presentation to enable different presentations of the information by January 2020. When we publish new content we will make sure that we provide a text alternative in order to present the information in other ways.

Content not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

  • Parsing errors are present across the website, meaning that it may not be correctly interpreted by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies. This fails WCAG 2.1 AA Success Criterion 4.1.1 (parsing). These errors are inserted by known issues with WordPress, such as conflicts with the Grammarly Chrome plugin extension. As these issues are caused by third party software that is neither funded nor developed by nor under the control of the Library, they are exempt from the Regulations under Reg 3(2)(e).

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 17 September 2019. A full review of the site was carried out via code review by Bond & Coyne.

Preparation of this Accessibility Statement

This statement was prepared on 13th September 2019. It was last updated on 13th September 2019.

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