Accessibility Statement for the Edinburgh Innovations Discoverability Platform

Website accessibility statement in line with Public Sector Body (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This accessibility statement applies to https://discovery.edinburgh-innovations.ed.ac.uk.

Day-to-day management of the Discoverability Platform is handled by Edinburgh Innovations, the University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation service. The platform is powered by Delio, a third-party software provider that specialises in private market solutions. The platform is a customised version of Delio’s white-label marketplace product. We want the platform to be as accessible as possible to users, for example, that means users should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • use the platform without experiencing flashing, scrolling or moving text
  • use the platform without experiencing any time limits

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

Customising the website

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability. This is an external site with suggestions to make your computer more accessible.

AbilityNet – My Computer My Way

With a few simple steps you can customise the appearance of our website to make it easier to read and navigate.

Additional information on how to customise our website appearance

If you are a member of University staff or a student, you can use the free SensusAccess accessible document conversion service:

Information on SensusAccess

How accessible this website is

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

· Some content cannot be reached by keyboard;

  • Keyboard navigation could be clearer in informing users where they have reached on a page and the navigation order could be improved;
  • Some links are not correctly formatted hypertext
  • Not all non-text items have appropriate alt text
  • New links and pop ups open without alerting the user this will happen
  • Job Access with Software (JAWS) and Dragon NaturallySpeaking are not fully compatible with the website;
  • It is not possible to magnify the content to 200% or above without loss of content
  • When content is magnified pages do not reflow
  • There are no skip to main content links;
  • Not all colour contrasts meet the recommended Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 AA standard;

· It is not possible to easily use the system in both portrait and landscape modes.

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 Edinburgh Innovations on discovery@ei.ed.ac.uk
  • Call Edinburgh Innovations on (0)131 650 9090
  • British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us via the on-line BSL interpreting service

Contact Scotland BSL

We will consider your request and endeavour to get back to you within 5 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements,

· Email Edinburgh Innovations at discovery@ei.ed.ac.uk

  • Call Edinburgh Innovations on (0)131 650 9090
  • British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us via the on-line BSL interpreting service

Contact Scotland BSL

We will consider your request and endeavour to get back to you within 5 working days.

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) directly:

Contact details for the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

The government has produced information on how to report accessibility issues:

Reporting an accessibility problem on a public sector website

Contacting us by phone using British Sign Language

British Sign Language service

Contact Scotland BSL runs a service for British Sign Language users and all of Scotland’s public bodies using video relay. This enables sign language users to contact public bodies and vice versa. The service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Contact Scotland BSL service details

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Edinburgh is committed to making its websites and applications accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

The full guidelines are available at:

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

· Colour contrast is not always sufficient between font or graphics and background colours, especially where the text size is small or when disabled buttons are used

o 2.4.1 - Bypass blocks

  • Visual information to identify user interface components, such as keyboard focus, do not always have a sufficient contrast ratio

· Pop ups appear and links open a new tab without the user being alerted

  • o 3.2.2 - On Input
  • Some error messages are sometimes not meaningful
  • o 3.3.1 – Error Identification
  • Not all elements have correct associated labels and/or duplicate attributes and start and end tags making the pages lack compatibility with screen reading software and voice recognition software
  • o 4.1.1. Parsing

o 4.1.2 - Name, Role, Value

None of the accessibility errors we have identified above are within our control, so we are liaising with the supplier Delio about our findings. We will continue with work with Delio to improve the accessibility of the system as far as possible.

Disproportionate burden

We are not currently claiming that any accessibility problems would be a disproportionate burden to fix.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

We are not currently claiming that there is any content outwith the scope of the accessibility regulations.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

None of the accessibility errors we have identified above are within our control, so we are liaising with the supplier Delio about our findings. We will continue with work with Delio to improve the accessibility of the system as far as possible.

Whilst we are in the process of resolving these accessibility issues, or where we are unable, we will ensure reasonable adjustments are in place to make sure no user is disadvantaged. As changes are made, we will continue to review accessibility and retest the accessibility of this website.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 6th March 2023. It was last reviewed on 10th March 2023.

This website was last tested in January 2023. The test was carried out by the University of Edinburgh’s Disability Information Team and Edinburgh Innovations using the browsers Mozilla Firefox (91.13.0esr), Microsoft Edge (105.0.1343.53), and Google Chrome (105.0.5195.127) for comparative purposes.

A recent world-wide usage level survey suggests the other browsers are used more widely. In particular, when using a combination of different screen readers and browsers, Chrome has increased in popularity, and is now the favoured one in overall use:

WebAIM: Screen Reader User Survey 2021

We tested:

  • Spell check functionality;
  • Scaling using different resolutions and reflow;
  • Options to customise the interface (magnification, font, background colour, etc);
  • Keyboard navigation and keyboard traps;
  • Data validation;
  • Warning of links opening in a new tab or window;
  • Information conveyed in colour or sound only;
  • Flashing, moving or scrolling text;
  • Operability if JavaScript is disabled;
  • Use with screen reading software (for example, JAWS);
  • Assistive software (TextHelp Read and Write, Windows Magnifier, ZoomText, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, TalkBack and VoiceOver);
  • Tooltips and text alternatives for any non-text content;
  • Time limits;
  • Compatibility with mobile accessibility functionality (Android and iOS).