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Accessibility statement for the Met Office website

For example, that means you should be able to:

  • Use the site with keyboard-like devices, screen readers, magnifiers, and voice recognition software.
  • Use the site with zoom set up to 400%

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

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

  • The weather forecast tables can cause problems when accessed using a keyboard and screen reader.
  • The dynamic weather maps and weather warning map do not have full text-alternatives in the immediate area. We recommend using the location search to find a place, where you can get all the weather information for that location.
  • PDF documents are not all accessible to screen reader software.
  • Videos do not have captions. In most cases, these are supplementary to the content on the page. For example, the forecast information should be on the location page; the video is to provide similar information in a different form.

What to do if you can't access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

We'll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We're always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren't listed on this page or think we're not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact accessibility@metoffice.gov.uk to let us know your concerns.

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 Met Office is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons:

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Perceivable

  • Some icons do not have text equivalents. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). To be addressed later this year.

Adaptable

  • There are a few instances where content emphasised visually is not emphasised when using a screen reader. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and relationships). To be addressed later this year.
  • Some lists should be unordered, to help people using assistive technologies to understand the page and its content. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and relationships). To be addressed later this year.
  • Screen readers may not read out some information in the tables presented on the international location pages correctly. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and relationships). To be addressed later this year.

Distinguishable

  • Some pages require scrolling in more than one direction when the browser zoom is set to 400%. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.10 (Reflow). To be addressed later this year.

Navigation

  • On some of our older pages, there is no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a 'skip to main content' option). This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.1 (bypass blocks). To be addressed in 2020.
  • Keyboard navigation within the weather forecast tables is not fully functional. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 2.1.1 (Keyboard). Work to correct this is underway.
  • The GDPR opt-in/out banner is partially accessible using a keyboard. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 (Keyboard). To be addressed later this year.
  • Some headings are causing gaps in the structure of the page on which they appear. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.6 (Headings and labels). To be addressed later this year.

Disproportionate burden

We have assessed the cost of fixing the issues listed below, and we believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment in 2020.

Perceivable

  • Weather and climate maps do not have text equivalents. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).
  • The climate map selectors don't have text equivalents. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

Adaptable

  • There are a few instances where changing the text spacing (for WCAG 1.4.12) will cause text header content to be truncated. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.4 (resize text).
  • Some of our PDFs and Word documents do not meet accessibility standards. For example, they may not be structured in a way that makes them accessible to a screen reader. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and relationships).

Navigable

  • The focus indicator on the location forecast pages, will at times be only partially visible. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.7 (Focus visible).

Time-based media

  • Videos do not have captions. In most cases, these are supplementary to the content on the page. For example, the forecast information should be on the location page; the video is to provide similar information in a different form. Where the video is not providing similar information in a different form, this fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.2 (Captions)

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

PDFs and other documents

  • Many of our older PDFs and Word documents do not meet accessibility standards. For example, they may not be structured in a way that makes them accessible to a screen reader. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.3 (Info and relationships).
  • The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services.

How we tested this website

This website is under active development and is being tested on an ongoing basis using the following:

  • Sitemorse
  • WAVE
  • Webdevtools
  • Screen readers
    • VoiceOver
    • NVDA
    • JAWS
    • Talkback
  • Manual inspection
  • Testing with support from users that rely on assistive technologies

We tested our main website, available at www.metoffice.gov.uk

What we are doing to improve accessibility

Parts of the website that will be improved for accessibility are listed, with approximate timings, in the section above-titled Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations.

This statement was prepared on 18/09/2019. It was last updated on 18/09/2019.