The Paul Mellon Centre is committed to providing an accessible website. This statement describes what we have already done to reduce barriers to accessing information on this platform, and outlines our plans for further improvement.
What we have done
We have followed the recommendations outlined by the World Wide Web Consortium in their Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Implementation of this technical standard has ensured that our content is delivered in more accessible format to a wider range of people with disabilities.
As of July 2019 we have refined and tested our website code and content against the WCAG 2.1 standard.
In many cases the content published previous to this initiative is not as accessible as we would like. As such, the website does not currently meet all Level AA Success Criteria. We are working to address that. Our plan is to complete this work by the end of 2019.
We hope that you will find the site more accessible than previously, and invite feedback on any barriers you might encounter.
What we are working on
We know there are elements we still need to address. This is our plan:
From June 2019 all images uploaded will have a text alternative that can be understood by screen readers. We have a backlog of thousands of images without such descriptions but have a plan in place to provide these going forward.
We are producing captions for all pre-recorded audio content in synchronised media, starting with our most popular content. The presence of captions is visible in the video player configuration tools, and their display can be toggled on or off.
We are investigating how and where to introduce audio descriptions of video content. We recognise that the addition of narration to the soundtrack of video content to describe important visual details that cannot be understood from the main soundtrack alone would open up our content to new audiences. For the time being, we have introduced a video player that will support audio descriptions, and will continue to experiment on this front.
Colour contrast on banners across the site
We are aware that the colour contrast on some banners across the site does not meet WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility standards. As adjusting the colour or contrast of the images would significantly modify the illustrated artwork, we need to find an alternative solution. We will prioritise this issue in future iterations of our website design.
We are aware that the homepage banner does not meet contrast guidelines however we will be revisiting the design of the homepage in 2020.
We embed an interactive version of our printed newsletter, PMC Notes, on this site. The tool we use to provide this service does not provide an accessible alternative. We are working to find an accessible platform. In the meantime, if you would like an edition of PMC Notes in an accessible format please contact us and we can arrange for one to be produced.
Update: as of August 2019 all PDFs and Word files on the website are now accessible.
Help using the website
To configure your browser and enhance your experience, please see the BBC's My Web My Way, which is a resource specifically designed to help users on a variety of platforms.
Who we worked with
If you find something you need that is inaccessible please contact our website manager, Alice Read.