Accessibility statement for Scotland’s Census
This accessibility statement applies to Scotland’s Census.
This website is run by National Records of Scotland. 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 using browser or device settings
- zoom in up to 400% without the text spilling off the screen
- navigate most of the website using just a keyboard or 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
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
- Some documents are not fully accessible, including PDFs created after September 2018.
- Focus is sometimes not clearly visible within third-party integration tools.
Feedback and contact information
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, contact us using the contact form on this website.
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille contact us using the contact form on this website.
We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 10 days.
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
National Records of Scotland is committed to making its website 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 version 2.2 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.
Non accessible content
The areas listed below are non-accessible for the following reasons.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
- Not all documents, including PDF documents created after September 2018, have been created with accessibility in mind and therefore do not meet all necessary WCAG 2.2 AA success criteria.
We plan to ensure that information is provided and laid out in an accessible manner for all users by 31st August 2024.
The third-party integration tool, Highcharts is used on the Scotland’s Census website to create data charts. Some areas are not compliant:
- some interactive elements do not clearly receive visible focus, e.g. when viewing a chart in full screen. This fails WCAG 2.2 success criterion 2.4.7 (Focus Visible Level AA)
Information on the accessibility of HighCharts is available at www.highcharts.com/accessibility/
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.
Any new PDFs and other documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
How we tested this website
This website was last tested on 12 December 2023. The test was carried out by Storm ID. We tested the following areas of the site:
- our main website platform, available at www.scotlandscensus.gov.uk
The third-party integration tool Superweb provided by WingArc is also on the Scotlands Census website.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We are always open to suggestions, additions or the reporting of accessibility problems. Users can use the contact details supplied above.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 12 December 2023. It was last updated on 12 December 2023.
The test was carried out by Storm ID. Testing was performed using automated tools and a variety of internet browsers including Chrome and Safari, and a variety of devices, including Macbook, Windows Parallels and iPhone. The audit of the website was carried out to the WCAG 2.2 AA standard.