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The University of Aberdeen is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and applying the relevant accessibility standards.

Measures to support accessibility

University of Aberdeen takes the following measures to ensure accessibility of Toolkit: 

  • Include accessibility as part of our mission statement.
  • Include accessibility throughout our internal policies.
  • Appoint an accessibility champion.
  • Provide continual accessibility training for our staff.
  • Assign clear accessibility targets and responsibilities.

Conformance status

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA. Toolkit is fully conformant with WCAG 2.1 level AA. Fully conformant means that the content fully conforms to the accessibility standard without any exceptions.

Additional accessibility considerations

Although our goal is WCAG 2.1 Level AA conformance, we have also achieved some Level AAA Success Criteria:

  • 1.4.9 Images of Text (No Exception): Images of text are only used for pure decoration or where a particular presentation of text is essential to the information being conveyed. (Level AAA)
  • 2.1.3 Keyboard (No Exception): All functionality of the content is operable through a keyboard interface without requiring specific timings for individual keystrokes. (Level AAA)
  • 2.3.2 Three Flashes: Web pages do not contain anything that flashes more than three times in any one second period. (Level AAA)
  • 2.4.9 Link Purpose (Link Only): A mechanism is available to allow the purpose of each link to be identified from link text alone, except where the purpose of the link would be ambiguous to users in general. (Level AAA)
  • 2.4.10 Section Headings: Section headings are used to organize the content. (Level AAA)


We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of Toolkit. Please let us know if you encounter accessibility barriers on Toolkit:

We try to respond to feedback within 2 working days.

Compatibility with browsers and assistive technology

Toolkit is designed to be compatible with the following assistive technologies:

  • The technology is supported natively in widely-distributed user agents that are also accessibility supported (such as HTML and CSS)
  • Screen magnifiers, and other visual reading assistants, which are used by people with visual, perceptual and physical print disabilities to change text font, size, spacing, color, synchronization with speech, etc. in order to improve the visual readability of rendered text and images
  • Screen readers, which are used by people who are blind to read textual information through synthesized speech or braille
  • Synchronized visual and/or text alternative for both speech and non-speech audio information needed to understand the media content

This statement was created on 8 January 2019 using the W3C Accessibility Statement Generator Tool