Accessibility statement for Christine De Pizan


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


This accessibility statement applies to:


This website is run by, Library and University Collections Directorate, Information Services Group at the University of Edinburgh. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this application. For example, that means you should be able to:


·         Change colours, contrast levels and fonts

·         Magnify text up to 500% without distortion

·         Experience no time limits when using the website


We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand. However, some of our content is technical, and we use technical terms where there is no easier wording we could use without changing what the text means.


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 using your browser settings 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:


·         There are examples of text as an image on the site

·         Some information is conveyed by colour only

·         Some colour contrasts do not meet the necessary standard

·         Reflow is not operational beyond 125%

·         Not all non-text content has appropriate alternative text

·         Some links open in new windows or tabs without warning

·         Some links are not formatted with meaningful hypertext

·         Keyboard navigation alone cannot reach all parts of the website

·         It can sometimes be hard to tell where you have navigated to using a keyboard.

·         Keyboard navigation does not follow a logical order

·         There is use of justified text

·         There is no skip to main content function

·         Some parts of the website are not able to be customized depending on the browser used

·         Not all content is compatible with screen readers or voice recognition software

·         Headings are not coded correctly and therefore are not recognised by screen readers

·         There are some moving content which cannot be paused.

·         There are PDF’s which are not fully accessible


Feedback and contact information


If you need information on this website in a different format, including accessible PDF, large print, audio recording or braille:


·         Email:

·         Telephone: +44 (0)131 651 5151

·         British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us via Contact Scotland BSL, the on-line BSL interpreting service.

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 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’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact:


·         Email:

·         Telephone: +44 (0)131 651 5151

·         British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us via Contact Scotland BSL, the on-line BSL interpreting service.

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 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 please 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 from 8.00am to 12.00am, 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) 2.2 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.


The full guidelines are available at:


Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 AA standard


Non accessible content


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


Noncompliance with the accessibility regulations

The following items to not comply with the WCAG 2.2 AA success criteria:


·         Not all non-text items have alternative text

o   1.1.1 - Non Text Content


·         Some hyperlinks and headings are conveyed with colour only

o   1.4.1 - Use of Color


·         There were colour contrast issues

o   1.4.3 -  Contrast (Minimum)


·         Some items are examples of text as an image and do not contain the appropriate alternative text

o   1.4.5 – Images of Text


·         Reflow is not enabled for magnification beyond 125%

o   1.4.10 - Reflow


·         Some content in the website cannot be accessed using keyboard navigation alone

o   2.1.1 – Keyboard


·         There are some moving content which cannot be paused or start playing automatically

o    2.2.2 Pause, Stop, Hide


·         No skip to main content button is enabled on some pages of the site

o   2.4.1 - Bypass Blocks


·         Keyboard navigation does not always follow a logical order

o   2.4.3 – Focus Order

·         Some links do not contain meaningful hypertext to inform the user of their target location

o   2.4.4 - Link Purpose in Context 


·         Headings are not formatted correctly, which affects screen reader software

o   2.4.6 - Headings and Labels 


·         The focus indicator is not clearly visible

o   2.4.7 - Focus Visible


·         Some hyperlinks open link in new tab/window, and some popups do not alert the user this will happen

o   3.2.2 - On Input


·         The website is not fully compatible with assistive software as not all items are coded correctly

o   4.1.2 - Name-Role-Value


·         Not all PDF documents are fully accessible

o   4.1.2 - Name-Role-Value


We aim to improve our websites accessibility on a regular and continuous basis. See the section below ('What we're doing to improve accessibility') on how we are improving our site accessibility.


We are working towards solving these problems and expect several improvements by May 2025. The site is fully within our control.


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


Our site includes reproductions of items in heritage collections that cannot be made fully accessible because doing so would either damage the item or it is not possible to extract the text from the manuscripts. These items are exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations such as excerpts from ancient anatomy manuals.


What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to address and make adequate improvements to the accessibility issues highlighted. Unless specified otherwise, a complete solution or significant improvement will be in place by May 2025.


While we are in the process of resolving these accessibility issues 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 20th September 2021. It was last reviewed on 30th May 2024.


The website was last tested in May 2024. The testing was carried out by Library and University Collections, Information Services Group at the University of Edinburgh using both automated and manual methods. The site was tested on a PC, primarily using Microsoft Edge alongside Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.


Recent world-wide usage levels survey for different screen readers and browsers shows that Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge are increasing in popularity and Google Chrome is now the favoured browser for screen readers:


WebAIM: Screen Reader User Survey


The aforementioned three browsers have been used in certain questions for reasons of breadth and variety.


We ran automated testing using WAVE WebAIM and then manual testing that included:


Change Log


Since our initial testing we have undertaken more extensive manual testing with assistive software to get a better understanding of the accessibility issues on this website.