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Accessibility statement for Edinburgh Collected

This accessibility statement applies to the Edinburgh Collected website (

This website is run by The City of Edinburgh Council. 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
  • 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.

How accessible this website is

This website aims to conform to WCAG 2.1AA standard, however we know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

The majority of content is submitted by members of Edinburgh Collected. Some user submitted photographs may include text, which is unreadable by a screen reader.

The website will provide the Title of any user submitted images as Alt text, however the Description field of Picture Memory pages should be referred to for a fuller description of images. Again, this description will be created by members when uploading content.

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 contact Edinburgh Libraries’ Digital Team at

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 City of Edinburgh Council 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 version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed.

Disproportionate burden

Alt tags serving the equivalent

Although all non-text content that is presented to the user has a text alternative that is capable of serving the equivalent purpose, it is not possible to ensure that the public user who enters content into the site enters an appropriate description.

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the issues by having staff members update alt text fields for every uploaded image. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. Should additional resources become available we will review this decison.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Edinburgh Collected is a heritage collection of digitised images with associated user generated descriptive information.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 21 March 2023 as part of the project to rebuild the Edinburgh Collected Website.

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