Accessibility Statement For Visit The Malverns
This statement applies to this Visit The Malverns website.
This website is run by Malvern Hills District Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use our website.
In order to adapt the content to meet your needs and preferences, you should be able to:
- change colours, contrast levels and fonts styles
- zoom in up to 400% without the text spilling off the screen
- navigate through most of the website using just a keyboard
- request material in alternative formats, for example Word documents and PDF
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
My Computer My Way (MCMW) offer guides to using assistive technologies to use websites with a range of devices.
How Accessible The Website Is
We know that some parts of our current website are not fully accessible:
- some PDF documents cannot be interpreted by a screen reader (these however tend to be maps or routes which could not be usefully interpreted by a screen reader in any case)
- some video content does not have captions or transcripts
- some websites, documents and videos that are produced by third-party organisations and are linked from Visit the Malverns
- some links created by our Events Calendar use the same link text for different destinations
- lightbox galleries create empty links to navigate through images, screen readers may not be able to interpret these
What To Do If You Cannot Access Parts Of This Website
If you need information that is on this website in a different format email [email protected] or call 01684 892289.
Reporting Accessibility Problems With This Website
We are continually seeking to improve our website. We therefore welcome feedback or suggestions about how we can improve accessibility.
If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: [email protected]
If you have a complaint about the accessibility of our website, you should raise a complaint using our Compliments and Complaints procedure.
If you are not satisfied with our response then 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’) and you should contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Contacting Us By Phone Or Visiting Us In Person
If you wish to contact us about anything not covered, please visit our Contact us page.
Technical Information About This Website’s Accessibility
Malvern Hills District Council 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 and exemptions listed below.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Non-Compliance With The Accessibility Regulations
- A 1.1.1 – Ensure PDFs are machine readable (3 occurrences). 2 of these relate to maps and are therefore not intended for assistive technologies such as screen readers, and the other occurrence is content produced by a third-party organisation.
- A 1.1.1 – Specify alternative text for all media (5 occurrences). This is related to a third-party plugin and currently under investigation.
- A 1.1.1 – Combine adjacent links with the same destination (64 occurrences). This will be investigated to identify opportunities to minimise occurrences, however in some cases it is deemed appropriate to provide multiple links in order to aid navigation and user experience.
- A 1.3.1 – Ensure labels in the document fragment point to valid IDs (28 occurrences). To be investigated.
- A 1.3.1 – Ensure headings include text (12 occurrences). To be investigated.
- A 1.3.1 – Mark navigation as lists (993 occurrences). Currently under investigation, some instances identified are not intended to be navigation elements.
- A 1.3.1 – Fix untagged PDFs (32 occurrences). To be investigated. However, many of these occurrences are related to maps/routes and are therefore not intended for assistive technologies such as screen readers.
- A 1.3.1 – Specify headings for every PDF (42 occurrences). To be investigated. However, many of these occurrences are related to maps/routes and are therefore not intended for assistive technologies such as screen readers.
- A 2.4.1 – Specify a title for all inline frames (8 occurrences). To be investigated.
- A 2.4.2 – Define a title for all PDFs (12 occurrences). To be investigated.
- A 2.4.2 – Improve weak PDF titles (25 occurrences). To be investigated. However, many of these occurrences are related to maps/routes and are therefore not intended for assistive technologies such as screen readers.
- A 2.4.4 – Avoid using the same link text for different destinations (2172 occurrences). Currently under investigation, however many of these occurrences are related to a third-party Events Calendar plugin where the usage is deemed appropriate in the context of where the links are situated in the Calendar.
- A 3.1.1 – Ensure PDFs specify a default language (30 occurrences). To be investigated. However, many of these occurrences are related to maps/routes and are therefore not intended for assistive technologies such as screen readers.
- A 3.2.2 – Add a submit button to all forms (8 occurrences). To be investigated.
- A 4.1.1 – Fix duplicate IDs (58 occurrences). To be investigated.
- A 4.1.2 – Ensure links can be used by screen readers (824 occurrences). This relates to empty links created by lightbox galleries to navigate through images and is currently under investigation.
- AA 2.4.5 – Ensure long PDFs use bookmarks to aid navigation (2 occurrences). To be investigated.
Content That’s Not Within The Scope Of The Accessibility Regulations
PDFs and other documents
Our older PDF documents do not meet accessibility standards. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value). However, the accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services, unless found otherwise.
Prerecorded videos published before 23 September 2020 do not include captions. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.2.2 Captions (Prerecorded). Captions may not be added to these videos because a prerecorded video published before 23 September 2020 is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.
Interactive maps are exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.
What We’re Doing To Improve Accessibility
This website was significantly refreshed in July 2021 to improve accessibility. We will continue to improve the accessibility of content on the site and carry out regular testing to identify accessibility problems that need to be addressed.
Preparation Of This Accessibility Statement
The statement was prepared on 17 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 29 September 2021.