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Our site contains pages with event details that are created by many editors from around the University. We do not immediately remove historic events from the website once the event date has passed and therefore there can be many event pages on the site. We do not run an accessibility check on each event page.

Scope

This assessment relates to event pages on the www.solent.ac.uk website. We have audited our event listing page and the event page template to ensure that they meet the WCAG 2.1 AA standards, but we do not assess every individual event page.

Benefits

The benefits of assessing each event page would be:

  • To ensure that all event pages published are fully accessible to all users.

Burden

Our assessment of the burden of assessing each article is:

  • In 2021 we published around 250 event pages.
  • These equated to just 0.40% of our website’s overall page views.
  • Each full assessment of an event page would take roughly an hour to complete.
  • Due to the level of accessibility testing resources within the team, we deem that spending over 30 full working days each year auditing each event page is a disproportionate burden and users would get more benefit from more popular pages being tested.

Other factors

Also relevant to this decision:

  • We have provided the necessary tools for editors to make the event pages accessible.
  • We ensure that relevant accessibility-related content fields in our content management system are mandatory.
  • We will evaluate whether there is automated software that can run reports on each event page to support our accessibility efforts.
  • We will provide additional training to all event editors to make sure they understand accessibility fundamentals and it is considered with each published event page.

Planned changes

  • We will evaluate whether there is automated software that can run reports on each event page to support our accessibility efforts.
  • We will provide additional training to all event editors to make sure they understand accessibility fundamentals and it is considered with each published event page.

Assessment

There is a high cost in terms of employee hours to test each event page individually. The event pages only represent 0.40% of our total page views which shows interest is limited to a small segment of our website users. We have tested the event templates we use and therefore the vast majority of event pages should pass AA accessibility standards. We always respond to and resolve accessibility issues that are highlighted to us and deem in this instance that is sufficient.

We expect this disproportionate burden to be required for event pages indefinitely.

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