our words make worlds

Accessibility statement for Language Acts and Worldmaking

Language Acts and Worldmaking is a flagship project funded by the AHRC Open World Research Initiative, which aims to regenerate and transform modern language learning by foregrounding language's power to shape how we live and make our worlds.

This website is designed, developed and maintained by King's Digital Lab (KDL). We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, this 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;
  • skip to the main content when using a screen reader;
  • browse the main content without any readability issues (contrast complies with the AAA standards);
  • 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.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

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

  • Certain tags used to highlight words or phrases may not be semantically detected by screen readers
  • Social media discussion form on our Blog content pages can be difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
  • Media embedded from third parties make use of obsolete mark-up

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 kdl-info@kcl.ac.uk

We'll consider your request and get back to you in 15 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We're always looking to improve the accessibility of our websites. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we're not meeting accessibility requirements, contact us using the email listed above. Please include as many details as you can, such as a link to every page where the issue is occurring and screenshots or other supporting media, whenever possible.

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).

Technical information about this website's accessibility

KDL is committed to making its websites 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 version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non accessible content

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

Non compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • Incorrect semantic markup: Bold <b> and italic <i> tags used instead of strong <strong> and emphasis <em> tags so screen readers will not be able to detect. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships). These are added when using a third party application CMS editor, Wagtail, which we have no control of and cannot change. We have brought this issue up with the Wagtail team and they are looking at solutions to this issue.
  • Lacking description on forms: The social media discussion form on 'Blog' and blog content pages can be difficult to navigate using just a keyboard for lacking descriptions, which fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships). They are embedded using a third party application, Disqus which we cannot change but looking at alternative solutions.
  • Obsolete mark-up on some third parties media embeds: Video and audio embeds makes use of the obsolete 'frameborder' attribute. We have no control and cannot change the rendering of this emelent.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This website was tested on the 21 December 2021. The test was carried out by KDL. We tested:

We used Siteimprove Accessibility Checker plugin to assess compliance with WCAG and tested the above pages with built-in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision.

This statement was prepared on the 25 March 2020. It was last updated on the 21 December 2021.

This page is based on the sample template provided by gov.uk.