Space Accessibility Statement

Space is the name of the virtual learning environment at Leeds Conservatoire. We run a Moodle installation with a custom design to match our brand. Much of the accessibility functionality is part of the core Moodle system, but we also extend that functionality with custom code.

Visual Appearance

You can change the visual appearance of Space. These options include:

  • Light text on a dark background
  • Using the OpenDyslexic Font
  • Adding borders to individual sections of content

You can do this using the options within your profile.

Space responds to browser size and zoom settings. You can use your browser’s controls to adjust text size and zoom up to 300% without altering the functionality of Space.

To change text size using your browser’s controls, you can use these key combinations:

For Windows:

Zoom In: Press CTRL "+"

Zoom Out: Press CTRL "-"

Return to original size: Press CTRL "0" (except for Internet Explorer)

For Macs:

Zoom In: Press COMMAND "+"

Zoom Out: Press COMMAND "-"

Return to original size: Press COMMAND "0"

To change text size using your browser’s menu:

Internet explorer

Using the menu bar, select:

  1. View
  2. Zoom
  3. Zoom In or Zoom Out.

You can also set a zoom percentage.

Google chrome

Using the menu bar, select:

  1. View
  2. Zoom In or Zoom Out.

To return the view to the original size, select Actual Size.

FireFox

Using the menu bar, select:

  1. View
  2. Zoom Text Only
  3. Zoom In or Zoom Out

This method will only change the text size. Other elements of the page will remain the same.

To change all page elements using the menu bar, select:

  1. View
  2. Zoom In or Zoom Out.

To return the view to the original size, select Reset.

Safari

Using the menu bar, select:

  1. View
  2. Zoom Text Only
  3. Zoom In or Zoom Out

This method will only change the text size. Other elements of the page will remain the same.

To change all page elements using the menu bar, select:

  1. View
  2. Zoom In or Zoom Out

To return the view to the original size, select Actual Size

Content

Academic and support staff are responsible for populating Space with relevant content and information and are given the freedom to customise pages to meet their needs. This means that the accessibility of information on Space is varied.  We have undertaken a preliminary audit and found that some content on Space may not meet the WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility standards, including:

  • Documents may not be fully accessible to screen reader software
  • Documents and content on Space may not be formatted appropriately; for example, the use of headings is inconsistent
  • Many images within documents do not have alternative text descriptions or include decorative markings where necessary
  • Some documents may not meet colour contrast requirements

Due to the extensive range of content and staff responsible for it, we believe that it would be a disproportionate burden for us to modify all the content on Space to ensure that it meets WCAG 2.1 AA standards. However, our is aim is that all new and updated content will meet these standards.

We are actively providing staff training and development on the WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility standards. We are also developing document and content templates for staff to use that meet accessibility standards.

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