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;
  • skip to the main content when using a screen reader;
  • browse the main content without any readability issues;
  • 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:

  • in the Digital Edition section some areas are not fully accessible as they are experimental and time to fully develop them was limited. We have attempted to render all information as accessible as possible, or provide an alternative to consume the same information;
  • similarly the /lab/regions/ section displays the data in a different visualised form, but it was mainly for internal use and partially accessible.

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.

Technical information about this website's accessibility

This project, as research output, is exempt from the the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 at the time of publishing, but King's Digital Lab is committed to making its websites as accessible as possible.

Compliance status

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

  • Incorrect semantic markup
    Bold <b> and italic <i> tags used instead of strong <strong> and emphasis <em> tags so screen readers will not be able to detect. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships). These are added when using a third party application CMS editor, Wagtail, which we have no control of and cannot change. We have brought this issue up with the Wagtail team and they are looking at solutions to this issue, but we are unable to provide a timeframe for future development on thier front.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested in April 2021. 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 1 September 2021.

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