Web Accessibility Statement

Last updated: 11th September 2019 

Accessibility statement for Talis Aspire and Talis Elevate

This website is run by Talis Education Ltd. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, 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, including:

 

How accessible this website is

Our policy is to meet, and - where possible - exceed the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG) at Level AA. The WCAG covers principles such as colour contrast, keyboard accessibility, text alternatives, as well as ensuring that content can be presented in different ways. A few examples of the ways we meet the WCAG are:

  • Our applications include a “skip to content” link which gives you the ability to move directly to the main content of the page.
  • We take advantage of HTML landmarks which are recognised by assistive technologies in order to help you move quickly around the application.
  • Our applications are designed to respond appropriately to the resizing of your browser window

Our applications are designed to be compatible with the latest and last-but-one major releases of screen readers, including:

  • JAWS (2019.1810.64, 2018.1811.2)
  • NVDA (2018.3.2, 2017.4)
  • VoiceOver (8, 7)
  • ChromeVox (53.0.2784.6)

Additionally, screen magnifiers and speech-recognition software can be used.

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website?

If you are an institution, please get in contact with us via a support ticket. Students or academics should contact their institutional library in the first instance

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you are an institution, please get in contact with us via a support ticket. Students or academics should contact their institutional library in the first instance

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).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Talis Education Ltd is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, 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

We have discovered some areas where we fall short of the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria. 

These include:

  • Some form controls missing labels
  • Some form validation could be more helpful
  • Some links are missing suitable text to describe their purpose

Further detail is provided in the following reports:

Elevate report here 

Aspire report here 

Disproportionate burden

We are currently transitioning customers to a new ‘list view’ and ‘list edit’. It would at this time be a disproportionate burden to update the ‘old list view’ and ‘old list edit’.

How we tested this website

Elevate was last tested on the 14th May 2019. Testing was performed in-house, by Talis. We tested: 

To test the site for this report, we used Deque’s axe browser extension to detect violations on a page, and then worked through workflows with assistive technologies.

You can read the full accessibility report here

Aspire was last tested on the 10th September 2019. Testing was performed in-house, by Talis. We tested the following workflows:

To test the site for this report, we used Deque’s axe browser extension to detect violations and then worked through workflows with assistive technologies.

You can read the full accessibility report here. 

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

New features are designed to be accessible from their introduction. 

Automated testing is being added to development processes to prevent inaccessible code from reaching the customer. Test suites such as Deque’s Axe are being used.

Manual testing is carried out with new features to verify that there are no obvious pitfalls.

When developers are working on older areas of the applications, smaller accessibility violations are to be fixed at the same time.

This statement was prepared on 30th January 2019. It was last updated on 11th September 2019.

 

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2 Comments

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    Annette Moore

    Hi David

    Is there or can there be a Talis Aspire Accessibility Statement that we can link to or could there be one included as a link on the Talis Aspire interface itself?

    Regards,

    Annette

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    Laura Unwin

    Hi Annette,

    We have updated this statement today so please do review for the new detail. We will be adding a link into the Talis Aspire interface so it can be viewed from there. We will update you when this is in place.

    Laura
    Services Manager

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