Accessibility statement

This website runs on Oxford Mosaic, the University of Oxford’s web platform. Information regarding the accessibility features common to platform sites can be found in the Oxford Mosaic Accessibility Statement. Where applicable, further information on the content or features specific to this site is given below.

Accessibility progress

The Gazette website (gazette.web.ox.ac.uk) is partially compliant with accessibility standards.

1 September 2020

  • PDFs for 2018/19 academic year for issues of the Gazette now compliant
  • Remaining PDFs for 2019/20 academic year for issues of the Gazette now compliant

1 August 2020

  • All webpage content other than Gazette issues checked for accessibility and rendered compliant as far as possible
  • PDFs from January 2020 onwards for issues of the Gazette rendered accessible
  • Other PDFs have not yet been rendered compliant with accessibility standards as it is a disproportionate burden to fix 20 years' worth of content immediately
  • We intend to continue working on accessibility with the ultimate aim of making all content available in an accessible format (with the exception of Examination Regulation changes; please see explanation below)

Known problems

  • PDFs for past issues of the Gazette, examination regulation changes, statistical information and any other PDFs before January 2020 are not yet accessible
    • PDFs are untagged
    • Reading order is sometimes incorrect
    • Titles are missing
    • Text descriptions of images are missing
  • Past issues of the Gazette in HTML format (those prior to 2010) have been created using old HTML standards and merged HTML files and are not yet accessible. Particular problems include
    • broken and confusing links
    • header levels incorrect
    • poor formatting
  • Aspects of the website which are managed by Mosaic and which we have no control over are not yet fully accessible:
    • cookie control pop-up has several problems
    • no means to skip site-wide headers
    • problems with attributes, element IDs and landmarks in site-wide header
    • colour contrast for site-wide headers can't be changed

Working plan

  • Mosaic-related problems have been reported to Mosaic (1 August 2020)
  • New content will be published in accessible format
  • remaining PDFs for the academic year 2019/20 will be rendered accessible 
  • old HTML issues will be rendered accessible from the most recent backwards
  • PDFs for academic years before 2018/2019 will be rendered accessible from the most recent backwards
  • PDFs for examination regulation changes prior to academic year 2020/21 will NOT be rendered accessible because
    • they are compliant except for lacking titles in each case
    • they are ephemeral notices of changes to come, and their content has been subsequently fully replicated in the official Examination Regulations
    • if a specific regulation change is required in fully accessible format, we will be happy to provide it on an ad hoc basis. Please contact us at gazette@admin.ox.ac.uk to request this

Further assistance available

If anyone requires a particular issue of the Gazette in an accessible format, please contact us at gazette@admin.ox.ac.uk to request this, and that issue can be prioritised.

If you find any accessibility problems with content which is declared above to already be compliant with accessibility standards, please let us know by emailing gazette@admin.ox.ac.uk.