3. What we’re doing to improve accessibility
As well as the actions described in the above section, we are:
Acting upon insights from SiteImprove
We use SiteImprove and WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool to monitor our website content and address issues as they arise. Our SiteImprove score out of 100 for accessibility is currently 94.9, against an industry benchmark of 87.2. We are urgently working to fix any content which fails to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. We will update this page when issues are fixed.
Other actions we are taking to improve accessibility
Alongside fixing the non-compliances described above, we are training our staff and providing guidance on how to meet accessibility requirements. This will include advice on descriptive link text, writing concisely, use of headings and alternative text.
Scrutinising publication of PDFs
We do not publish without scrutiny any PDF published on the website.
Instead, we consider first whether the content proposed in the PDF could be published as an HTML webpage, making it inherently more accessible.
If that is not possible, we ensure that the PDF is fully accessible. We have published information on our Intranet about creating accessible PDFs and provided a templates in order to do so.