Project 549 Website Accessibility Regulations 2018

The law Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018, has a deadline of September 2020 for existing websites, the very basic part of it is that all websites should have a suitable accessibility statement.

The University web estate audit is supposed to be helping track down compliant/non-compliant sites, but we should be planning on making sure all our websites are compliant, or kill the website if it is not, and will not be made so.

See: which contains a link to: Other info:

This project will audit our web sites, and make sure they meet their legal requirements regarding accessibility.

Project being tracked at:

Initial Thoughts

  • Generate a clear web page on what counts as a "website" (web apps are included) - WebsiteAccessibilityWhatsAffected
  • What the regulations mean, how they might affect a site. - At a minimum contain an Accessibility Statement. Comply with WCAG 2.1 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines)
  • Are there any exceptions? - Yes see WebsiteAccessibilityWhatsAffected
  • Look out for LittleForest workshops (tool being used by Uni to score sites)
  • Where the boundaries lie. Who is responsible for making sure a site is compliant, doing any remedial work, etc ?
  • Chrome has a developer tool - lighthouse - that gives a report for the page you are on. There are some free online checkers too - WebsiteAccessibilityCheckers


A list of all (most) of Informatics hosted sites was passed to the Informatics Communications team, they have taken on the task of contacting site/page owners to remind them off the Accessibility Regulations. Infcomms have also been helping users to make their content accessible.

Still to do

-- NeilBrown - 22 Jun 2020

Topic revision: r7 - 15 Feb 2021 - 17:00:13 - NeilBrown
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