The St. Pölten UAS is committed to making its websites freely accessible in accordance with the Web Accessibility Act (Web-Zugänglichkeits-Gesetz, WZG) (in German) as amended implementing the Directive (EU) 2016/2102 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2016 on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies (Official Journal L 327 of 2 December 2016, page 1).
Status of conformance with the requirements
Based on the following incompatibilities and exceptions, this website is partly compatible with conformance level AA of the “Web Content Accessibility Guidelines - WCAG 2.1", or the accepted European standard EN 301 549 V2.1.2 (2018-08).
The contents listed below are not freely accessible due to the following reasons:
a) Incompatibility with the accessibility regulations
Some of the videos integrated into the website lack subtitles, which makes the spoken content inaccessible for hearing-impaired users. This means that the WCAG success criterion 1.2.2 (prerecorded captions) is not met. Furthermore, a few cases lack an identical alternative for audio/video in terms of content, and the WCAG success criterion 1.2.3 (prerecorded audio description or media alternative) is therefore not fulfilled.
Moreover, the homepage does not live up to the WCAG success criterion 2.2.1 (timing adjustable) due to videos displayed in a loop in the banner.
We are planning to gradually add subtitles to all videos. New videos will generally feature subtitles when they are published.
The WCAG success criterion 1.3.1. (info and relationships) is met only partially. This is a provision designed to facilitate orientation and make the relationship between elements more easily understandable, especially when different landmarks are not distinguishable for users. We are striving to fix this problem in future.
In a few places, links are indicated by colour only, which is in contrast with the WCAG success criterion 1.4.1 (use of colour). The WCAG success criterion 1.4.3 (contrast) is partially not yet fulfilled, either. Both of these problems are to be fixed soon. Furthermore, some cases still fall short of the WCAG success criterion 1.4.5 (images of text).
Many pages fail to fulfil the WCAG success criterion 2.4.1 (bypass blocks) as there is no option to skip repeated content so far – a problem supposed to be fixed by integrating skip marks in future. In addition, the order of the highlighted links in the navigation of the tab key is not logical, which is in conflict with the WCAG success criterion 2.4.3 (focus order). The WCAG success criterion 2.4.4 (link purpose in context) is also partially unfulfilled when the same link text is used for different targets.
So far, the WCAG success criterion 2.4.7 (focus visible) is not met, which complicates navigation using the keyboard because the element in focus is not highlight. This problem is to be solved shortly.
The WCAG success criterion 3.3.2 (labels or instructions) is still not fulfilled. It is a well-known problem that when subscribing to the newsletter in the footer, the input field for the e-mail address contains no visible text describing the purpose of this input field. This problem is to be fixed soon as well.
The WCAG success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role, value) is only partially met, which happens when iframes lack a description, when WAI-ARIA attributes have the same properties as the HTML elements that they were applied to (redundant WAI-ARIA attributes), and when the WAI-ARIA roles do not correspond to the functions of the respective elements. The WCAG success criterion 4.1.1 (parsing) is not fulfilled whenever an element ID is not clear. We will soon fix this problem wherever we detect it.
b) Disproportionate burden
Most of our videos are hosted by and published on the video platform YouTube. For some of these videos, it is not possible to make the required audio descriptions available, which means that the WCAG success criterion 1.2.5 (prerecorded audio description) is not fulfilled. It is our opinion that fixing this problem would result a disproportionate burden in terms of accessibility regulations.
c) The content does not fall within the scope of the applicable legal provisions
Many, largely older PDF files and Office documents are not freely accessible. For example, PDF documents are not tagged and therefore cannot be captured and used by screen reader users, or only insufficiently. This means that the WCAG success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role, value) is not fulfilled. For new PDF documents, we make sure to comply with this criterion.
Please let us know if you have difficulties with concrete texts. Upon request, we will prepare the content in barrier-free form and subsequently replace the documents or add accessible alternatives. When it comes to new documents, we will make an effort to provide them in barrier-free form according to WCAG 2.1 and in conformity with PDF/UA. Documents that are not freely accessible, for example print versions, will be marked as such.
Live videos do not feature subtitles, which is in contrast with the WCAG success criterion 1.2.4 (live captions). Live videos are exempt from the Directive (EU) 2016/2102.
We are not planning to provide subtitles for live videos.
Third-party content such as studies or presentation material of external lecturers that are beyond the sphere of influence of the St. Pölten UAS are exempt from the Directive (EU) 2016/2102. The St. Pölten UAS can make no statements concerning this type of third-party content when it comes to its compatibility with accessibility regulations.
Formulation of this accessibility statement
This statement was issued on 18 September 2020.
The assessment of the website’s compatibility with the WZG implementing the provisions of the Directive (EU) 2016/2102 was carried out in the form of a self-test in accordance with WCAG 2.0 for conformance level AA. As samples, we used the homepage, an overview page, the newsroom, a news text, an event, and a study programme. Individual page contents are regularly reviewed by the website team when publishing new content.
This statement was last updated on 23 September 2020.
Feedback and contact data
The contents and services on this website are continually improved, replaced and expanded. We attach great importance to usability and accessibility.
If you notice any barriers that impede your use of our website – problems not described it this statement, or shortcomings in terms of the compliance with the accessibility requirements – we kindly ask you to point them out to us by e-mail. We will process your request and respond in due course.
For requests or suggestions, please send us an e-mail with the subject “Barrierefreiheit” (accessibility) at firstname.lastname@example.org describing the problem and indicating the URL(s) of the site or document in question.
In case of an unsatisfactory response from the point of contact indicated above, you have the option to file a complaint with the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) using their electronic contact form.
Contact form of the complaints office (in German)
The FFG examines whether the complaint refers to breaches of the provisions laid down in the Web Accessibility Act (ZWG), especially shortcomings in meeting the accessibility requirement, on the part of the federal government or an associated institution.
If the complaint is justified, the FFG is to issue recommendations for action to the federal government or the affected legal entity, and to suggest measures that serve to remedy the deficiencies.
Further information on the complaints procedure (in German)