Accessibility Statement

This statement applies to content published on the MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive, on the mathshistory.st-andrews.ac.uk domain.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, this 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.

You can also explore some of our recommendations for tools that can make your online experience better.

How accessible this website is

This website includes content that was written before accessibility was a major concern for websites. Although an effort has been made to make it accessible, there are legacy areas that require ongoing improvement.

Some areas of inaccessibility include:
  • Some images lack alternative text descriptions.
  • Where translations for non-English text are given, the language of the original text is not always given.
  • The interactive curves are not possible to navigate using just a keyboard.
  • Some of the equations given aren't fully accessible to screen reader software
  • Some tables may not be fully accessible to screen reader software.
  • Many older PDF documents aren't 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, email: mathshistory@st-andrews.ac.uk. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We're 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, email: mathshistory@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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).

Technical information about this website's accessibility

The University of St Andrews is committed to making its 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 (WCAG) version 2.1 AA standard due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Images
Some images don't have a text alternative, or their text alternative is lacking, so the information in them isn't available to people using a screen reader. This doesn't meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

We will improve text alternatives over time as we review each page.
Non-English Text
For the majority of non-English text snippets, the language of the original text is not always given. This doesn't meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.1.2 (language of parts).

We intend to specify the original language for all new content, and to improve existing content over time as we review each page.
Equations
Some of the mathematical equations given do not have a text alternative, so the information in them isn't available to people using a screen reader. This doesn't meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

When we publish new content, we'll make sure that text alternatives are available for mathematical equations. We will correct equation text alternatives over time as we review each page.
PDFs and other attached documents
Many of our PDFs and other documents don't meet accessibility standards – for example, they may not be accessible to screen reader software. We intend to review and replace PDFs with accessible HTML pages where possible.
Links without meaningful text
Some link text doesn't make sense when read on its own (for example, "click here"). This doesn't meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (link purpose - in context).

We will correct link text over time as we review each page. When we publish new content, we'll make sure link text meets accessibility standards and follows plain English guidelines.

Disproportionate burden

Issues with navigation
The Interactive Curves application cannot be navigated and interacted with using just a keyboard. This doesn't meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.1.2 (language of parts).
Maps
Online interactive maps are included in a number of web pages. Not all aspects of the map interaction can be performed using just a keyboard.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 03 April 2021. It was last reviewed on 09 April 2021.

Our website is tested manually using a browser extension tool provided by Siteimprove. Issues are prioritised according to the severity of the impact it may cause, the number of people that may be impacted and the time involved in resolving the issue.