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The National Library of Wales is committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
This accessibility statement covers the National Library of Wales website and any site ending in library.wales or llyfrgell.cymru.
(b) This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below under non-accessible content.
The content listed below does not meet WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria and is non-accessible for the following reason(s):
Not all videos currently have captions, or a text alternative. This fails success criterion 1.2.2 (Captions (Prerecorded)), 1.2.3 (Audio Description or Media Alternative (Prerecorded)) and 1.2.5 (Audio Description (Prerecorded)).
This means people with sight-impairments and/or hearing-impairments may not be able to fully access video content.
Not all audio files currently a text alternative. This fails success criterion 1.2.1 (Audio-only and Video-only (Prerecorded)).
This means that hearing-impaired users will be unable to fully access audio content.
Many PDFs fail success criteria. This mainly affects sight-impaired and keyboard-only users.
Some documents are not explicitly laid out correctly, for example the correct use of headings. This fails success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships).
Some documents may require zooming (enlarging) and therefore require left to right scrolling. This fails success criteria 1.4.10 (Reflow).
Some documents lack alternative text for images and some documents have purely decorative artefacts which are not marked as such. This fails success criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text Content).
Some documents have colour-contrast issues, affecting sight-impaired users. This fails success criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast (Minimum))
PDFs and other documents are currently undergoing remediation work. This should be completed mid 2024.
For a further list of site-specific non-compliance with the accessibility regulations, please see site-specific information about the Library’s websites.
We have no issues identified as being a disproportionate burden.
This statement was prepared on 25/10/2020.
It was last reviewed and updated on 24/01/2024.
Regular tests are carried out internally using axe DevTools and Wave, with the WCAG Colour Contrast Checker. Testing is both automated and manual.
Testing of these websites was last completed week ending 25/01/2024.
We welcome feedback or comments which help us improve the accessibility of our websites.
The list of issues in this statement is not exhaustive, so you're welcome to contact our Enquiries Service to discuss any specific problems or requirements.
Likewise, if you'd like to make a complaint, you're welcome to contact our Enquiries Service.
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) via the following link: