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Accessibility Statement for Talis

My Reading Lists is the brand name King’s uses for the reading list system Talis, that is accessed by King’s staff/students ,mainly through the KEATS integration and members of the public through the web.

It allows King’s staff to create an easy-to-use and accessible reading lists for King’s staff/students, allowing the users to click straight through to materials that are held electronically by King’s.

Our aim is for the My Reading Lists to be accessible to all those that use the service, and we continue to work towards this. We want to ensure that as many people as possible can access, view, search and understand the content.

Using Talis

Talis (My Reading Lists) is run by King’s College London Library Services,

There are some additional features that will help individuals to navigate and use it, for example, that means you should be able to:

  • Zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen.

  • Navigate most of the website using just a keyboard.

  • Skip to main content using keyboard navigation.

  • Navigate most of the website using speech recognition software.

  • Use screen readers such as JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver.

  • Use a range of devices to access My Reading Lists e.g. mobile phone, tablet or laptop.

Technical information about Talis accessibility

King’s College London is committed to making Talis in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. We work to achieve and maintain WCAG 2.1 AA standards, but it is not always possible for all our content to be accessible.

The vendor Talis Aspire are aware that some parts of Talis are not fully accessible.

Please see the accessibility compliance status the Talis Aspire VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template). Accessed through Google Docs on 13th April 2021.

What to do if you can’t access parts of Talis

If you need information on Talis in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille email diversity@kcl.ac.uk.

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 7 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with Talis

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of Talis. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements email diversity@kcl.ac.uk.

Escalation procedure

If you need to escalate your issue further, contact Sarah Guerra, Director of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion via diversity@kcl.ac.uk. You can expect an acknowledgement of your issue within 7 days and a full reply within 14 days. If your complaint raises complex issues that cannot be answered within 14 days we will keep you informed of progress until we can fully respond.

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).

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 01/10/2020. The test was carried out manually by Charles Kasule from the Education Applications in the IT Services team in King’s College London. We tested:

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

King’s College London has convened a college-wide action group to address the accessibility of its digital information and actions are currently being undertaken around:

  • Assessing, prioritising and improving the accessibility of the 100+ digital platforms in use at King’s and highest priority is being given to those holding student teaching materials;

  • Improving the accessibility of online teaching materials;

  • ensuring all future purchases or development of digital platforms are accessible;

  • ensuring that all future teaching materials being developed and uploaded are accessible.

Platform-specific action plans to ensure accessibility will be developed by specialist action groups within King’s, but include:  

  • Talis has stated that all new features are designed to be accessible from their introduction, they will carry out manual testing with new features to verify that there are no obvious pitfalls.

  • Automated testing is being added to development processes to prevent inaccessible code from reaching the customer. Tools such as axe DevTools, WebAIM’s WAVE Evaluation Tool, ARC from TPGi, and Microsoft’s Accessibility Insights for Web are used to try and detect a range of issues. You can view Talis’s action plan to see how and when they intend on addressing known issues.

  • IT will continue to have regular meetings with the vendor to ensure any concerns are dealt with in a timely manner, along with ensuring that faculty staff work together with the Equality Diversity & Inclusion team on future projects to improve the system.  

This statement wasprepared on 12th April 2021. It was last updated on 13th April 2021.

Contact Diversity and Inclusion

For more information or assistance please contact Diversity & Inclusion