We want as many people as possible to be able to use the ‘Lives of the First World War’ website - commissioned by the Imperial War Museum - and we have tried to create a website with simple and clear design and content.
We have built in accessibility from the start of the project, running regular access checks and carrying out 4 different rounds of user testing including general testing and access user testing with assistive technology users.
New regulations came into force for public sector bodies on 23 September 2018 which say that public sector websites and mobile apps must be more accessible by making them ‘perceivable, operable, understandable and robust’. The full name of the regulations is the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
As part of our service provision to all our users, we are currently reviewing our site to check how far it meets international accessibility standards outlined in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1), by carrying out an access audit and using an automated validator to check the site and content.
We will ensure the site reaches WCAG 2.1 Double-A compliance, and will publish an accessibility statement which outlines the current levels of accessibility and identifies any access problems, as well as a prioritised and dated plan of action to fix them.
We are working on this now and will publish it very soon. In the meantime, if you have any queries related to the accessibility of the site please contact the IWM team on firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
This message was added on 23rd September, 2019