Web accessibility compliance statement
RNIB's website has been designed and developed with the needs of people with sight loss and disability in mind. We’ve also taken on board international guidance and best practice on web accessibility.
Web accessibility conformance statement
RNIB is committed to testing and delivering all web content on the RNIB website to WCAG 2.1, level A and AA compliance. We achieve this by testing our web pages and content against the WCAG 2.1 Level A and AA checkpoints and make changes to ensure we meet the success criteria. Our website also undergoes user testing by blind and partially sighted people.
The checkpoints we test against are taken from the technical standard Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG), published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). We test using this standard to ensure that we’re meeting their responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 and the EU Web Accessibility Directive.
We’re always working to make improvements to the accessibility and usability of the website, especially where content and delivery is reliant on third party providers.
The Methodology that RNIB follow is WCAG-EM.
Compliance standards (what we test against)
We try our best to ensure we test with a wide range of technologies, but we can’t commit to testing every browser version with every version of assistive technology, nor testing on every operating system version or mobile handset type. We focus on testing with more recent technology, as this enables more security and provides improved accessibility features and accessibility support for users.
Technology we use for testing
We test the website using the following browsers and assistive technology combinations:
- Microsoft Edge and JAWS 2020 (latest version).
- Firefox and NVDA (latest version).
- Chrome with JAWS 2020 (latest version) and NVDA (latest version).
- Apple iOS – Safari (latest version) on iPhone and iPad with VoiceOver and Magnification.
- Android – Chrome with Talkback and Magnification.
- Windows High contrast mode (Edge and Firefox).
- In browser magnification up to 400 per cent.
- Keyboard navigation only.
Third party functionality and services
In some places on our website, we depend on third parties to deliver functionality and services that we cannot perform ourselves. Wherever possible we work with third parties to ensure that the service they provide achieves conformance with WCAG 2.1 Level AA.
We cannot guarantee that all our third-party applications and services will always remain accessible and usable due to various updates made by third party suppliers.
If you discover any of our third-party services are not usable please email [email protected].
RNIB is not responsible for the content of external websites, nor any accessibility issues that may be present on those websites.
PDF documents may present accessibility challenges to users of assistive technology. We will therefore provide an alternative format alongside with any PDF documents distributed.
While we try to ensure support for older browsers, it is not always possible or feasible to continue this support.
We urge those on legacy systems to upgrade, as this will provide the most optimised and secure browsing experience.
We are committed to the continual improvement of the accessibility of our website. We achieve this by doing the following:
- Perform regular accessibility audits.
- Speaking with our customers and incorporating their feedback to improve our services.
- Keep up with the latest best practices and evolving standards.
Outstanding accessibility issues
The RNIB website has been tested extensively, however, we are still making changes and tweaks to improve our website. We have included a list of the known accessibility issues we have found and are currently working on to fix:
- Issues with 400% magnification affecting the visibility of some content, which can be overcome by using the arrow keys
- There are issues with error validation which can affect error message announcement on page refresh. Some form fields may not announce the error message
Reporting a web accessibility issue
If you experience any accessibility issues while using our website, please let us know by emailing [email protected].
Requesting materials in a different format
If you experience any accessibility issues with any documents found on the RNIB website, please request an alternative format by emailing [email protected].
RNIB’s digital external accessibility services
We can help you improve the accessibility of your website or digital services.