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Accessibility

Accessibility statement for British Online Archives

This website is run by Microform LTD. We aim for 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 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
  • 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

Some parts of this website are not fully accessible, for example:

  • podcasts do not currently have a descriptive text transcript
  • synchronised captions are not currently provided for our support videos
  • descriptive text transcript or audio description are not currently provided for our support videos
  • instructions that rely on shape, size or visual location, such as within our Support questions and answers

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

Please email info@britishonlinearchives.digital if you need information on this website in a different format. For example, accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille.

We will consider your request and get back to you in 1-2 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you have any further suggestions or are concerned this website is not meeting accessibility requirements please email info@britishonlinearchives.digital.

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).

Contact us

  • By email: info@britishonlinearchives.co.uk
  • By phone: +44 (0)1924 825700
  • In person:
    British Online Archives
    • Main Street, East Ardsley
    • Wakefield
    • West Yorkshire
    • WF3 2AP
    • United Kingdom

    Our headquarters are open Monday to Thursday 9.00am - 5.00pm, and Friday 9.00am - 3.30pm. We kindly advise contacting us before visiting in person to ensure someone is on hand to deal with your enquiry.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

British Online Archives 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.

Inaccessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Noncompliance with the accessibility regulations

  • some images do not have a text alternative, which fails WCAG 2.1 criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text Content)
  • podcasts do not currently have a descriptive text transcript, which fails WCAG 2.1 criterion 1.2.1 (Prerecorded Audio-only and Video-only)
  • synchronised captions are not currently provided for our support videos, which fails WCAG 2.1 criterion 1.2.2 (Captions (Prerecorded))
  • descriptive text transcript or audio description are not currently provided for our support videos, which fails WCAG 2.1 criterion 1.2.3 (Audio Description or Media Alternative (Prerecorded))
  • sometimes instructions rely on shape, size or visual location, such as within our Support questions and answers, which fails WCAG 2.1 criterion 1.3.3 (Sensory Characteristics)
  • contrast of links is sometimes insufficient, which fails WCAG 2.1 criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast (Minimum))
  • there is currently only one way to find other web pages on BOA, which fails WCAG 2.1 criterion 2.4.5 (Multiple Ways)

We plan to meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria for Level A and AA by September 2020.

Disproportionate burden

Interactive tools and transactions

  • We utilise a library to display our documents, called PDF.js. This may introduce accessibility difficulties with PDFs which are out of our control, such as text flow issues when using screen readers.

Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

  • None applicable.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 27/08/2020 internally.

You can read our full Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) document for further detail on BOA's accessibility.


This statement was prepared on 05/02/2020. It was last updated on 05/02/2020.