National Records of Scotland is committed to making its websites usable and accessible, in-line with accessibility regulations.

This statement applies to content published on the domain.

This website was last audited for accessibility in November 2020.

How accessible this website is

We know that parts of this website are not fully accessible. On some pages, users may experiences issues relating to:

  • formatting of tables and their use to present information
  • text used for hyperlinks
  • alt tags and hyperlinks for images
  • document links not displaying format and file size details
  • use of bold instead of headings in text

Some issues that affect the whole website are:

  • the site search when accessed on mobile devices
  • duplicate ids in semantic HTML
  • use of multiple navigation landmarks

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

Many documents are not accessible in a number of ways, including missing text alternatives and missing document structure. Many of these PDF and other non-HTML documents were created before 23 September 2018.  These documents are out of scope of the regulations.

Other accessibility issues

The census data explorer, data warehouse and standard outputs are not accessible for the following reasons:

  • ambiguous links
  • issues with access keys
  • null alt tags for images
  • use of images on mobile devices
  • form labels in area profiles
  • form functionality
  • use of field sets
  • keyboard accessibility
  • reflow
  • association of information
  • use of headings
  • Flash content
  • alt tags for images
  • designated language of page
  • titles of iframes
  • regions and landmarks assigned to pages

Disproportionate burden

We believe that fixing all of the accessibility problems would be disproportionate. This is because we are working to replace this website with a new version in Spring 2021.

However, following our accessibility audit, we have made some improvements to pages on the website that we know users visit most often. Pages that receive less visitors have not been improved as we feel this would be disproportionate burden.

What we're doing to improve accessibility

Improvements we have made to most visited pages include:

  • better formatting of tables
  • better description of links
  • more details about document format and size

A public Beta version of the new website was made available on 10 December 2020 and can be reviewed and tested here:

The new website will provide a more usable and  accessible experience for users and will be aligned with good practice and current standards.

Our usability and accessibility specialists are working closely with our users to make sure we can provide a service that as many people as possible can use.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you cannot access any part of this site or want to report an accessibility problem, please contact us.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission enforces the accessibility regulations (the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018).

If you're not happy with how we respond to your feedback, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service. They are an independent advice service. They will advise you on what to do next.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The National Records of Scotland is committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Preparation of this Accessibility Statement

This updated accessibility statement is based on the findings from an external accessibility audit that was completed in November 2020.

This accessibility statement was updated and published on 18 December 2020 and applies to the website:

Compliance Status

The accessibility audit found that the website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 (WCAG) A and AA success criteria.