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Accessibility Statement

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This accessibility statement applies to the main website of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (www.rcahmw.gov.uk).

We have recently undertaken work to make our website more accessible and a recent retest of the site has shown that we have improved the accessibility of the site by over 80%.

We know some parts of this website are still not fully accessible, mainly:

  • There are still mouse-dependent areas, particularly the website footer.
  • Some element and html mark-up is missing, incorrect, repetitive or ambiguous and may not be picked up by screen readers.
  • Alternative text for some images is missing or incorrect.
  • There is insufficient colour contrast between the text and the background.
  • Third party form fields on the website blog pages are unlabelled.

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website:

You are able to contact the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales’ enquiry service for help and advice by emailing nmr.wales@rcahmw.gov.uk or calling on 01970 621200.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1 and 2.2 AA standards, due to the non-compliance(s) and the exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reason(s):

  • non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
  1. The keyboard focus is not visible in the following areas: images under the carousel on the Home page and the load more button on the News page. These features are related to a third-party plugin, we will change this plugin to rectify the issues (WCAG criteria 2.4.7).
  2. The following elements do not have discernible text: links to articles and images listed under the carousel on the Home page, next and previous buttons for the carousel (WCAG criteria 2.4.4).
  3. The following do not have sufficient colour contrast: the Find Out More button on the Home page, links in the footer, the Cymraeg and English buttons in the page Header. (WCAG criteria 1.4.3, 1.4.11).

These issues will be resolved by 31 May 2024.

  • disproportionate burden
  1. Insufficient colour contrast. The minimum colour contrast ratio between the foreground and background should be at least 4.5:1. For large text, the ratio can be lowered to 3:1 (WCAG criteria 1.4.3, 1.4.11).
  2. Incorrect table coding. Many of the tables are missing markup and are used for ‘presentation’ only, so should be labelled as such (WCAG criteria 1.3.1).
  3. Missing or non-descriptive alternative (Alt) text for images. Many images are decorative and should have the correct Alt text to denote this. Some images retain the file name as Alt text and others have none at all (WCAG criteria 1.1.1, 1.4.5).
  4. There are empty headers, non-descriptive page titles, empty buttons, empty links and non-descriptive link text present. There are inconsistencies between the visible label and the accessible name. Language change is not coded. Other aspects of the site do not have correct element or HTML markup (WCAG criteria 1.1.1, 1.3.1, 1.3.5, 2.4.2, 2.4.4, 2.5.3, .3.1.2, 3.3.2, 4.1.2).
  5. Some parts of the site, principally the footer, are mouse dependent (WCAG criteria 2.1.1,

When we publish new content, we are ensuring that it meets accessibility standards.

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing these issues and believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations.

  • the content is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
  1. PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 which are not essential to providing our service.
  2. Pre-recorded video published before 23 September 2020.
  3. Third party form fields in Ninja Forms.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 25 January 2024 following an Accessibility Audit conducted by Shaw Trust in March 2023, improvements to the website and then reassessment in January 2024.

The statement was last reviewed on 23 February 2024.

Feedback and contact information

If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact the website team at online.services@rcahmw.gov.uk.

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF or large print, or need help or advice, please contact our enquiries team:

We will do our best to accommodate your needs and get back to you within 15 days.

If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, please call or email us for directions.

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, please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

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