Accessibility Statement for Edinburgh Digital Campus Maps

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

This accessibility statement applies to:

This is the website accessibility statement in line with Public Sector Body (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018

This website is run by the University of Edinburgh. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • Change font size.
  • Zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen.
  • Experience no time limits when using the site.
  • There is no flashing, scrolling or moving text.
  • On a mobile phone, you can use the app in landscape and portrait mode.

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

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:

  • some parts may not be fully compatible with screen readers;
  • speech-to-text assistive technology is not necessarily able to reach all parts of the application;
  • not all icons have alternative text;
  • colour is used to convey information on the map;
  • users may not be able to access all content by using the keyboard alone or solely through tabbing.

Feedback and contact information

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

We will 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:

We will 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

contactSCOTLAND-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 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

contactSCOTLAND-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.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

The full guidelines are available at:

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard

Non accessible content

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

Noncompliance with the accessibility regulations

The following items do not comply with the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria:


  • Not all non-text content presented to users has alternative text

  • Colour is used as the only visual means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element
  • There may not be sufficient colour contrast between font and background colours, especially where the text size is small
  • Visual information to identify user interface components, such as keyboard focus, do not always have a sufficient contrast ratio
  • It is not possible to use a keyboard to access all the content
  • Content is not robust enough that it can be interpreted by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies

Unless specified otherwise, a complete solution, or significant improvement, will be in place for those items within our control by June 2022.

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

This service is a mapping service. Currently online mapping and mapping services site outwith the 2018 accessibility regulations.

“These Regulations do not apply to the following content of a website or mobile application of a public sector body - 

 (d)online maps and mapping services, as long as essential information is provided in an accessible digital manner for maps intended for navigational use;”  (The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018)

The mapping service is not fully accessible though as it is not possible to interact with individual map features using assistive technologies. However, maps are currently not within the scope of the regulations. However, we will continue to strive to make the site as accessible as possible.

There is a lot of additional information available in different formats including maps to download and information in the AccessAble - UoE app available for iOS and Android.

AccessAble Information

What we are doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to address the accessibility issues highlighted. We will review the site on a regular basis and continue to strive to address these issues and deliver a solution or suitable workaround. Although mapping services sit out with the regulations we hope to resolve or make a significant improvement for those items within our control by June 2022 where we are able to do so and retain the functionality of the mapping service. However, due to the complex nature of the information displayed and the content type (maps), it may not be possible to resolve all accessibility issues. While we are in the process of resolving these accessibility issues, or where we are unable, 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 3rd September 2021. It was last reviewed on 22nd September 2021.

This website was tested on 3 September 2021. The test was carried out by the Services team within EDINA.  We tested using the browsers Microsoft Edge Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.  Chrome is considered the most popular browser when using a screenreader, as confirmed by current worldwide usage levels for different assistive technology options:

2021 WebAim screen reader survey

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

We tested:

  • Spellcheck functionality.
  • Scaling using different resolutions and reflow.
  • Options to customise the interface (magnification, font, background colour etc).
  • Keyboard navigation and keyboard traps.
  • Data validation.
  • Warning of links opening in a new tab or window.
  • Information conveyed in colour or sound only.
  • Flashing, moving or scrolling text.
  • Operability if JavaScript is disabled.
  • Tooltips and text alternatives for any non-text content.
  • Time limits.
  • IBM accessibility checker (Chrome extension).
  • Change Colors (Chrome extension).
  • Colour Enhancer (Chrome extension).

Design framework

The central University of Edinburgh website uses a design framework we call EdGEL. This framework was built with accessibility in mind from the outset. The Campus Maps application is embedded into the EdGEL framework.