Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to This website is run by Professor Paul Longley from the Department of Geography at University College London. 

How accessible this website is 

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability. However, we acknowledge that some parts of this website are not fully accessible. You can see a full list of any issues we currently know about in the ‘non-accessible content’ section of this statement. 

Feedback and contact information

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

  • email 
  • call +44 (0) 207 679 0500 

For assisted digital support, please contact We’ll consider your request and endeavour to respond within five days.  

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, contact Paul via email at, or write to: 
Paul Longley 
North-West Wing, Room 123 
Department of Geography, 
University College London, 
Gower Street, 

Read tips on contacting organisation about inaccessible websites

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 are not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

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

What we have implemented in attempt to increase website accessibility: 

  • Checked for responsive design, for access on computer desktop and mobile 
  • Ensured that page headings, which explain what the page or section is about, are consistent to aid screen readers 
  • Installation of ‘WP Accessibility’ plug in to underline all links, ensuring that colour of text changes when the mouse hovers over 
  • Included alternative text on images (unless images are solely decorative) to aid screen readers 
  • Utilised readable font/s, sizing and considered colour contrasts 

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  

Images across the website do not always contain appropriate alt text or are not marked as decorative. This includes things like flowcharts, maps, and data visualisations. This fails WCAG 1.1.1 Non-text Content (A), 1.4.5 Images of Text (AA) and 2.4.4 Link Purpose (A). We are reviewing all image content to see where text alternatives can be included in the narrative of the relevant pages. 

The heading structure does not use correct hierarchical headings starting with a H1 and working down. All pages should have a unique H1 which matches the title of the page. This fails WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (A). 

When users zoom in on content past 150%, the menu bar condenses into a drop-down burger menu. The issue is that screen readers will continue reading the webpage content instead of the headers in the drop-down menu. This fails WCAG. 1.4.10 Reflow (AA), 2.4.3 Focus Order (A). In addition, focus indication is lost when moving through the navigation menu – particularly when the screen is zoomed beyond 175%. This fails WCAG 2.4.7 Focus Visible (AA).  

The Onomap hero at the top of the webpage consists of a video background of earth in space. This video is looped and currently does not have a pause, hide, or stop button which can be distracting to some audience members. This fails WCAG 2.2.2 Pause, Stop, Hide (A).  

Page titles on the menu header bar (Software and Services, Resources and Contact) have been manually named to enable the anchor links and automatic scroll navigation feature. Therefore, the page titles remain unnamed and can confuse a screen reader when navigating through pages and headings. This fails WCAG 2.4.2 Page Titled (A).  

Tabbing is not always in a logical order for navigation. The tabbing order for links across the website are not yet in chronological order. Consequently, users have to press the ‘tab’ key several times to navigate towards specific parts of each page. This fails WCAG 2.4.3 Focus Order (A). 

There is currently no link associated with the Onomap logo (to left corner of menu header bar). It is merely a graphic. This fails WCAG 2.4.4 Link Purpose (A).  

The Onomap website provides links to third-party content, which are identifiable as blue text, and then alters to dark green when the cursor hovers over. However, the links are not obvious enough; plans are underway to improve visibility by including a layer of yellow highlights to the blue text. This fails WCAG 2.4.7 Focus Visible (AA). 

While we work on fixing these issues, you can request an alternative version of some parts of the website or contact us using one of the routes described in the ‘reporting accessibility problems with this website’ section of this statement.

If you find an issue that we have yet to identify, please contact us using one of the routes described in the ‘reporting accessibility problems with this website’ section of this statement. 

Disproportionate burden 

At present, we have not made any disproportionate burden claims. 

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

3rd party content 
Some of our services include third party content which we have no control over such as documents which are sent to us and uploaded as part of Onomap’s service. Accessibility regulations do not require us to manage these kinds of content, but if you have a problem with any of the content hosted on this website, please contact us using the methods above and we will try to help. 

Online Maps 
Our service includes the use of online maps to show certain geographical information. These are not used for navigational purposes and are exempt under the regulations. If you require the information presented in an online map in a different format, please contact us to discuss reasonable adjustments. 
We have chosen to produce this accessibility statement in advance to support our users and our requirements under the Equality Act 2010 and Public Sector Equality Duty. 

Preparation of this accessibility statement 

This statement was prepared on 13th May 2022 and was last reviewed on 17th May 2022. was last tested on 17th May 2022 by a Web Support Assistant from the Department of Geography at University College London. With sincere thanks to UCL’s Digital Accessibility Team for their guidance and support in helping to improve the accessibility of


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