Accessibility to Vetenskapsrådet.se

The Swedish Research Council is responsible for this website. We want as many people as possible to be able to use the website. Here we describe how Vetenskapsrådet.se complies with the law governing accessibility to digital public services, any known accessibility problems, and how to report problems to us so that we can correct them.

How accessible is the website?

We are aware that parts of the website are not fully accessible. For further information, please see the section below on content that is not accessible.

What can you do if you cannot use parts of the website?

If you need content from Vetenskapsrådet.se that is not accessible to you, but is excluded from the law’s area of application according to the description below, then please contact us as follows:

  • send an email to registrator@vr.se
  • telephone +46 (0)8-546 44 000

Report accessibility problems on the website

We are constantly striving to improve the accessibility of the website. If you discover problems that are not described on this page, or if you think that we do not comply with the requirements of the law, then please notify us to let us know the problem exists.

Supervision

The Agency for Digital Government is responsible for supervising the Swedish law governing accessibility to digital public services (Lag (2018:1937) om tillgänglighet till digital offentlig service). If you are not satisfied with how we handle your comments, you can contact the Agency for Digital Government to let them know.

Content that is not accessible

This website does comply in part with the law governing accessibility to digital public services, due to the problems described below.

Non-compliance with the legal requirements

Most of the accessibility problems are present on both the English and the Swedish version of the website

Page header and page footer

The clickable icons for the search function and for spoken content on the website are missing correct descriptions in the text. This can make it difficult for users with screen readers to navigate, search and use the spoken content.
(WCAG 1.1.1 Content that is not text, WCAG 1.3.1 Information and relationships)

The links in the page footer on the website lack headings. Persons using screen readers or the tab button to navigate may have difficulty finding the content via the page footer.
(WCAG 1.3.1 Information and relationships)

For the spoken content function, users are meant to click on “Yes” before the function can be used, but the spoken content function can be used without clicking on “Yes”.
(WCAG 2.4.3 Focus order)

Navigation and filtering

The button on the main menu is missing the correct technical marking, and incorrect marking is present on the filtering of calls and decisions. This makes it difficult for persons using a screen reader to quickly find the most relevant content.
(WCAG 2.4.1 Skip grouped content)

There is text in the filtering of calls and decisions that should be headings, but is not shown as such. This may make it difficult for persons using a screen reader or the tab button to navigate to find their way in the filtering of our calls and decisions.
(WCAG 1.3.1 Information and relationships)

Some links are missing marking, such as underlining, to show that they are links. This makes it less than clear for all users that the text is clickable.
(WCAG 1.4.1 Use of colour)

The marking for focus when persons use the tab button to filter calls and decisions is unclear. This makes it difficult for persons using the tab button to navigate to know what has been selected on the page.
(WCAG 2.4.7 Visible focus)

It can be difficult for users to know what the exact voice command is for opening and closing the search function. To open or close the search box using voice command, the user must say “open search” or “close search”. It is therefore not sufficient just to say “search”. (WCAG 2.5.3 Enable voice commands for all interaction elements)

Functionality, elements and contents on different pages

Many pages on the website have thumbnail information – a short text that describes the type of page the user is on, such as news or events. The thumbnail information is located above the first and largest heading (H1), which means that persons using a screen reader or the tab button to navigate via headings may miss it.
(WCAG 1.3.2 Meaningful order)

Some link texts do not describe the purpose of the link. This may lead to users not understanding why they should click on the link.
(WCAG 2.4.4 Purpose of a link)

Persons using a screen reader or the tab button to navigate must be able to skim the text and skip certain content. It is currently not possible to skip grouped content that is repeated on several website pages, for example in the section called “Related content” at the bottom of many pages.
(WCAG 2.4.1 Skip grouped content)

Validation of CASS and HTML

The website has several validation errors for CASS and HTML.
(WCAG 4.1.1 Parsing)

How we tested the website

The Swedish Research Council asked an external actor to carry out an independent review of Vetenskapsrådet.se. The review scrutinised a number of representative pages and important features. The review was delivered in the form of a report on 9 september 2020.

Previously The Swedish Research Council tasked an external actor to make corrections. This actor made and reviewed the corrections, and delivered them in December 2018. Ahead of the delivery of these corrections, the Swedish Research Council also carried out its own testing.

The main reasons why accessibility problems still remain on Vetenskapsrådet.se are that the problems are either of a type that requires major resources to correct, or of a type that we do not yet know how best to correct.

It is our ambition to have corrected all known accessibility problems no later than September 2021.

New features and other factors that can create accessibility problems are reviewed continuously by the Swedish Research Council.

The website was published in June 2018.

The accessibility report was updated most recently on 23 September 2020.

PublISHED ON 25 September 2020

UpDATED ON 25 September 2020

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