Accessibility

LMC Accessibility Statement (www.lmcni.com)

This statement applies to content published on the www.lmcni.com domain. It does not apply to content on any third party domains e.g. Global/Realex payments domain (for FQAS online payments).

The Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Our website aims to adhere to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, published by the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative. We intend to continue improving the accessibility of our site to ensure that any older content, in addition to new content, will conform to Level AA. LMC plan to re-develop the website in 2021 ensuring that it is compliant with WCAG 2.1.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • use most of the website using a screen reader

How accessible this website is

Below are some of the steps we have taken in adhering to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1:

Images

Text alternatives will now be added for non-text content uploaded to the website from September 2020.

Text Size

You can change the text size on the website to make it either larger or smaller using the ‘Toggle Font Size’ at the right hand side of the webpage.

Colours

Contrast can be altered using the ‘Toggle High Contrast’ on the right hand side of the webpage to ensure colour of any text used on our website has a sufficient contrast ratio between the foreground and background.

Headings

Each web page contains a heading tag. We have tried to ensure that any subsequent headings have been added and used in correct hierarchical order. This helps users to locate specific content.

Browsers

Our website has been tested for compatibility for the following browsers:

  • IE
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Edge

Text/Screen Reader

We have Browsealoud set up on the website which meets many of the Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, Robust (POUR) elements of the WCAG guidelines. The key features of Browsealoud are:

  • allows the content of the website to be read aloud
  • translates the content of the website into different languages
  • provides picture dictionary definitions
  • provides ability to download audio to MP3
  • allows a screen mask to be applied to dim distracting screen features
  • allows text to be enlarged
  • allows pages to be simplified

Parts of this website are not fully accessible. For example:

  • some pages and document attachments are not clearly written
  • some images and icons do not have good alternative text
  • video content does not have a text alternative
  • many documents in PDF and MS Office formats and are not accessible

How to request content in an accessible format

If you need information on this website in a different format please do not hesitate to contact us at: email (gdavis@lmcni.com) or call (028 92633000).

Please provide the following information:

  • the web address (URL) of the content
  • your name and email address
  • the format you need e.g. accessible PDF, large print, audio recording, braille or BSL

Reporting accessibility problems with the website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of the website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements please contact us using the details provided below:

We will consider your request and get back to you within five working days.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’) in Northern Ireland. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 AA standard due to some non-compliances, meaning there’s an accessibility problem with some areas.

Non accessible content

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

The content that is not accessible is outlined below with details of:

  • the accessibility problem(s)
  • where it fails the success criteria, and
  • when we plan to fix it

Videos on the site do not have captions – This may prevent users from adapting the material through any sensory modality (for example, visual, auditory or tactile) to match their needs. This fails WCAG 1.2.1 (audio-only and video-only (pre-recorded)), 1.2.2 (captions), 1.2.3 (audio description or media alternative (pre-recorded)) and 1.2.5 (audio description (pre-recorded)).

A number of PDF/word documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software. This fails WCAG 1.1.1 (non-text content).

Some images on the site do not have a text alternative. This fails WCAG 1.1.1 (non-text content). New images uploaded to the site from September 2020 will have a text alternative.

There are a number of pages with lists which may not be adequately structured. This may result in a loss of meaning for users of screen readers. This fails WCAG 1.3.1 (info and relationships).

The slider screen is not readable using a screen reader and cannot be paused. This fails 1.3.1 (info and relationships).

Form fields for payment card information are not accessible using a screen reader as it is a third party site. This fails 1.3.1 (info and relationships), 2.4.6 (Headings and Label), 3.2.2 Labels or instructions, 4.1.2 Name, role, value)

As the LMC website was developed in 2015 there are a number of elements that are not compliant with WCAG 2.1. LMC plan to re-develop the website in 2021 ensuring that it is compliant with WCAG 2.1 therefore some elements will not be rectified on the current website as it would not be cost effective to do this.

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

As a website published before 23 September 2018, we are required to comply with the web accessibility regulations from 23 September 2020.

However, some of our content is exempt from the accessibility regulations:

  • pre-recorded audio and video published before 23 September 2020
  • PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 – unless required for the use of a service, for example a form
  • maps
  • third party content that is not within our control, for example, embedded video players like Vimeo or YouTube, and embedded Google Maps.

If you have any problems using this website, please contact us using the details provided above us and we will investigate the issue and/or provide you with the information you need in an alternative format.

PDFs and other documents

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

Some pdf documents are not accessible in a number of ways due to document structure. We plan to review a standardised format for documents on the website as part of the re-development.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 17 June 2020. The test was carried out by Website NI. Website NI are contracted by LMCNI to support and develop this website.

Tests have been carried out internally on the compatibility of the website with Browsealoud software.

What we are doing to improve accessibility

We intend to continue improving the accessibility of our site to ensure that any older content, in addition to new content, will conform to Level AA. LMC have plans to fully re-develop the website in 2021 ensuring that it is compliant with WCAG 2.1.

This statement was prepared on 21 September 2020. It was last updated on 21 September 2020.