1. Executive Summary

This report describes the conformance of the Culture Durham website with W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). The review process is described in Section 5 below and is based on evaluation described in Accessibility Evaluation Resources.

Based on this evaluation, the Culture Durham website meets WCAG 2.1, Conformance Level AA. Review results are available in Section 8 below. Resources for follow-up study are listed in Section 7 below. Feedback on this evaluation is welcome.

2. Background about Evaluation

Conformance evaluation of web accessibility requires a combination of semi-automated evaluation tools and manual evaluation by an experienced reviewer. The evaluation results in this report are based on evaluation conducted on the following dates: 22nd October using a development version of the website before launch. The website may have changed since that time.

3. Scope of Review

  • Home
  • About
  • Insights
  • Impact of Culture
  • News
  • News Article (Example)
  • Opportunities
  • Join

All pages reviewed by manual and automated evaluation tools using english natural language.

Website tested with close to but not final content.

4. Reviewer

Dan Pace
Bloom Digital
Natural Language English

5. Review Process

Level for which conformance WCAG 2.1 Level A, AA
Automated evaluation tools used:
WAVE Evaluation Tool 3.1.3
Manual review process included checks for the following:
JAWS (desktop screen reader)
NVDA (desktop screen reader)
VoiceOver on iOS (mobile screen reader)
TalkBack (mobile screen reader)
Windows Magnifier (screen magnifiers)
Interactive controls are keyboard focusable
Interactive elements indicate their purpose and state
User focus is not accidentally trapped in a region
Custom controls have associated labels
Custom controls have ARIA roles
Visual order on the page follows DOM order
Offscreen content is hidden from assistive technology
HTML5 landmark elements are used to improve navigation

6. Results and Recommended Actions

This website appears to meet WCAG 2.1 A, AA
Accessibility features in which this site is strong include: Interactive controls are keyboard focusable, interactive elements indicate their purpose and state, custom controls have associated labels, custom controls have ARIA roles, HTML5 landmark elements are used to improve navigation
Please see section 8 for the results of the evaluation tools. Where alerts are shown in Wave results these were deemed acceptable.
We recommend that content editors at Culture Durham should constantly evaluate new content that is populated by checking for alt tags, correct use of headings and descriptive links.
Ensure links to PDFs are marked with (opens PDF) where appropriate.

7. References

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Overview
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1
Techniques for WCAG 2.1
Accessibility Evaluation Resources
Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools List
Using Combined Expertise to Evaluate Web Accessibility

8. Appendices

Wave Results