Accessibility Statement

Accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to the Cracking Ideas website, available at https://www.crackingideas.com/

This website is run by The Intellectual Property Office. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

 

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

 

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

This website has been tested for compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 level A and level AA. We carried out these tests internally using the WAVE accessibility testing tool.

The results of this testing found that parts of this website are not fully accessible. For example: 

  • some pages contain text which has a very low contrast ratio
  • some form controls do not have properly associated text labels
  • some images do not contain alternative text
  • some check boxes or radio buttons have not been enclosed in a fieldset
  • some pages contain a device dependant JavaScript function
  • JavaScript has been used on some pages to trigger a new web page
  • some headings are not in a logical nested order
  • there is text which has not been correctly marked up as a heading
  • there are same page links have no corresponding target
  • there are links within the website which do not clearly describe the link destination or function
  • some pages contain adjacent links which go to the same URL
  • some images which are near to each other have the same alternative text
  • There are PDF documents which are not fully accessible to screen reader software

Feedback and contact information

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

We’ll consider all requests for different formats and get back to you within 10 working days.   

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that are not listed on this page, or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, contact:

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, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

We provide a text relay service for people who are deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.

Our offices have audio induction loops. If you contact us before your visit, we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Find out how to contact us

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The Intellectual Property Office is committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

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

Non accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some pages contain text which has a contrast ratio of less than 3:1. This can cause problems for all users, especially those with low vision. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.4.3 level AA.

Some pages contain form controls which do not have properly associated text labels. This can cause problems for screen reader users as the function or purpose of the form control will not be described to them. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.3.1 Level A and 2.4.6 level AA.

There are images on some pages where alternative text is not present. This can cause confusion for screen reader users when trying to understand the content and function of the image. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.1.1 level A.

Some check boxes or radio buttons have not been enclosed in a fieldset. This can cause problems for screen reader users when trying to determine the purpose of the check boxes or radio button grouping. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.1.1, 1.3.1 and 3.3.2 level A and 2.4.6 level AA.

A device dependant event handler has been used for interaction purposes on some pages. This JavaScript function can cause navigation problems for keyboard and assistive technology users. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 2.1.1 and 3.2.2 level A.

JavaScript has been used on some pages to trigger a new web page. This can cause navigation problems for assistive technology users. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 2.1.1 and 3.2.2 level A.

Headings on some pages are not in a logical nested order. This can cause confusion for users when using the keyboard or assistive technologies to navigate. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.3.1 Level A and 2.4.6 level AA.

Some pages contain text which appears to be a heading but has not been correctly marked up using a heading element. This can impact navigation functionality for assistive technology users. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.3.1 and 2.4.1 level A and 2.4.6 level AA.

Some pages contain links to another location within the same page but have no corresponding target. This means the links will not work. This may cause navigation problems for users, especially assistive technology users. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 2.1.1 level A.

Some pages contain links, which do not clearly describe its destination or function. For example, 'click here'. This can cause confusion for users, especially those using assistive technology, as the link may not make sense when read out of context. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 2.4.4 level A.

Some pages contain adjacent links which go to the same URL. This can cause additional navigation and repetition for keyboard and screen reader users. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 2.4.4 level A.

Some pages contain separate images near to each other which have the same alternative text. This can cause confusion for screen reader users when trying to understand the content and function of the image. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.1.1 level A.

PDF Documents

The primary language has been set for some PDF documents. This causes difficulty for screen reader users as screen reader software will not load the correct pronunciation rules. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 3.1.1 level A.

Some PDF documents have not been correctly tagged. This can cause problems for keyboard and assistive technology users, who may not be able to understand the content. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.3.2 level A.

The tab order of all PDF documents has not been set correctly. This can cause problems for keyboard and assistive technology users, who may not be able to understand the content. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.3.2 level A.

Descriptive titles for all PDF documents have not been set in the document properties. This can cause problems for users of assistive technology when trying to determine the purpose of the document. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 2.4.2 level A.

Some of the PDF documents contain headings which are not in a logical nested order. This can cause confusion for users when using the keyboard or assistive technologies to navigate. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.3.1 Level A and 2.4.6 level AA.

Tables have been used to layout content within some of the PDF documents. These tables have not been marked up correctly, which may cause navigation problems for assistive technology users. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.3.1 level A.

Some of the PDF documents contain content which has been visually presented as a list. Some of these lists have not been marked up correctly using list elements, which may cause navigation problems for assistive technology users. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.3.1 level A.

Some PDF documents contain images where alternative text is not present. This can cause confusion for screen reader users when trying to understand the content and function of the image. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.1.1 level A.

We plan to fix these issues by 31 December 2021.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Third party content that’s under someone else’s control

Pages and other websites that are linked to and from this website may not be fully accessible. These include:

  • educational information on GOV.UK
  • copyrightuser.org
  • create.ac.uk
  • intofilm.org
  • businessbattle.co.uk

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We plan to fix all the issues according to the timescale shown above.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 23 September 2020 It was last reviewed on 23 September 2020.

This website was last tested on 15 September 2020 and was checked for compliance with WCAG 2.1 AA. The test was carried out using in-house resources.