Accessibility Statement

This website is a result of a five-year research project named The values of French Language and Literature in the European Middle Ages in the Department of French at King's College London.

The website is designed, developed and maintained by King's Digital Lab. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website.

For example, this means 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;
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software;
  • skip to the main content when using a screen reader;
  • browse the main content without any readability issues;
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver).

We have 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.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • Certain tags used to highlight words or phrases may not be semantically detected by screen readers.
  • Discussion form on our blog pages can be difficult to navigate using just a keyboard.
  • Search form input has incorrect description to describe its function.

Feedback and contact information

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

  • email

We will consider your request and get back to you in 15 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of our websites. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, contact us using the email listed above. Please include as many details as you can, such as a link to every page where the issue is occurring and screenshots or other supporting media, whenever possible.

Technical information about this website's accessibility

This project, as research output, is exempt from the the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 at the time of publishing, but King's Digital Lab is committed to making its websites as accessible as possible.

Compliance status

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

  • Incorrect semantic markup
    Bold <b> and italic <i> tags used instead of strong <strong> and emphasis <em> tags so screen readers will not be able to detect. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships). These are added when using a third party application CMS editor, Wagtail, which we have no control of and cannot change. We have brought this issue up with the Wagtail team and they are looking at solutions to this issue, but we are unable to provide a timeframe for future development on thier front.
  • Form lacks description
    The discussion form on 'Blog' and blog content pages can be difficult to navigate using just a keyboard as it lacks description. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships). The form is embedded using a third party application, Disqus which we cannot change.
  • Improper label on search form
    An input on the search form (on the page 'search') has an improper role description. This fails 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (Name, Role, Value). This is generated using a third party application, Vue.js. This issue has been raised and they are looking at solutions to fix it.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This website was tested on 5 March 2020 and again in March 2021. The test was carried out by King's Digital Lab.

We used Siteimprove Accessibility Checker plugin to assess compliance with WCAG and tested the above pages with built-in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision.

This statement was prepared on 5 March 2020. It was last updated on 15 April 2021.

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