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Accessibility statement for http://fsf.nerc.ac.uk

This statement covers all pages hosted under the above domain.

This website is run by the Field Spectroscopy Facility


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

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


  • some parts may not be fully compatible with screen readers
  • it is not possible to access all content by using the keyboard alone
  • not all media will have a transcript or be subtitled
  • some text may not reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window and at certain levels of magnification
  • some older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • The colour contrasts of all themes won’t always meet the recommended WCAG 2.1 AA standards
  • Tooltips are not present in all situations
  • There is some use of italics and continuous capitals
  • Spellchecker tools are not available in all areas
  • Feedback and contact information

    If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF or large print, or to discus another format?

  • email fsf@nerc.ac.uk
  • call +44 0131 650 5926
  • We’ll get back to you as soon as possible, normally within one working day.


    Reporting accessibility problems with this website

    We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, email us: fsf@nerc.ac.uk

    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). https://www.equalityadvisoryservice.com/

    Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

    We do not have any text relay or audio induction loops in our offices. We have access to lecture theatres where these are installed, where we can conduct meetings and training if required. Please inform us of any requirements in advance if possible.

    Technical information about this website’s accessibility

    The Field Spectroscopy Facility 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 [insert one of the following: ‘the non-compliances’, ‘the exemptions’ or ‘the non-compliances and exemptions’] listed below.

    The following items to not comply with the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria:

  • It is not possible to use a keyboard to access all the content
    1 - Keyboard accessible
  • Information may be conveyed as an image of text rather than as text itself so that it's not compatible with screen readers and other assistive technology. It can also sometimes we hard to tell where you have tabbed to.
    4.5 - Images of text
  • There may not be sufficient colour contrast between font and background colours especially where the text size is very small.
    4.3 -Contrast (Minimum)
  • Visual information to identify user interface components, such as keyboard focus, do not always have a sufficient contrast ratio
    4.11 - Non-text contrast
  • Not all prerecorded audio-only or video-only media will have alternative media that presents equivalent information e.g. audio track with description of the action in a video with no sound
    2.1 -  Audio-only and Video-only (Prerecorded)
  • Not all video will have subtitles or subtitles that identify all speakers as well as noting other significant sounds e.g. laughter
    2.2 - Captions (Prerecorded)
  • Not all our PDF’s and Word documents meet accessibility standards
    - Non-text Content
    4.5 - Multiple Ways
    3.2 - Meaningful Sequence
    4.5 - Images of Text
  • Some content cannot be presented without loss of information when magnified to the maximum browser level
    4.10 - Reflow
  • It might not be possible for all form fields to be programmatically determined. This means that when using auto-fill functionality for forms not all fields will identify the meaning for input data accurately
    3.5 - Identify Input Purpose
  • Some content cannot be presented without loss of information if the line height, paragraph spacing, letter spacing or word spacing is increased.
    4.12 - Text Spacing
  • Unless specified otherwise a complete solution or significant improvement will be in place by September 2021 for those issues we have control over. For any that are in Core WordPress or any of the themes/plugins we use, we will report the issues to the developers by September 2020.


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

    PDFs and other documents

    Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. By September 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

    The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

    Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

    Document Information

    This statement was first prepared and published on 14th May 2020


    This website was last tested on 13th May 2020 by manual testing. We tested the system on a PC using the bowser Internet Explorer (11) as this is the browser most commonly used by disabled users due to its accessibility features and compatibility with assistive technology as shown by the Government Assistive Technology Survey.

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