The community of the realm in Scotland, 1249–1424
History, law and charters in a recreated kingdom

Accessibility statement

The 'community of the realm in Scotland' project (COTR) is an innovative collaborative research project which will show how new ways of representing medieval texts in digital media can yield new understandings of medieval political communities and their written manifestations. This website provides resources on medieval Scotland during the Wars of Independence with England for public consumption and highlights our new approach to representing key documents and texts from Scotland’s medieval past.

This website is run by King's Digital Lab (KDL). 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
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

Within the limits of the complexity of the fields of medieval history, comparative text studies and digital humanities, we’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

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How accessible this website is

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

  • it's not possible to skip to the main content when using a screen reader;
  • the Digital Edition section is not to be considered a finished product. It's in its prototyping phase and as such has limited functionalities. We are constantly updating the site and aim to have a finished and fully accessible product by the end of 2020.

What to do if you cannot 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:

  • email

We'll consider your request and get back to you in 15 days.

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

KDL is committed to making its websites 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

The Digital Edition section is in its prototyping phase and not to be considered a finished product. As such, it offers limited functionalities. In particular:

  • Input forms
  • Heatmap visualisation and interaction

KDL is still in the process of developing the section and ensuring content is accessible is part of the our workflow.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 5 February 2020. The test was carried out by KDL.

We tested:

We used Siteimprove Accessibility Checker plugin to assess compliance with WCAG and tested the above pages with built-in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision.

This statement was prepared on 5 February 2020. It was last updated on 24 March 2020.

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