Application accessibility statement in line with Public Sector Body (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018

This accessibility statement applies to the Noteable service (

This application is run by EDINA, for the University of Edinburgh. Our aim is for as many people as possible to be able to use this service. That means you should be able to:

Customising the application

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability. This is an external site with suggestions to make your computer more accessible:

AbilityNet - My Computer My Way

With a few simple steps you can customise the appearance of our website using your browser settings to make it easier to read and navigate:

Additional information on how to customise our website appearance

How accessible this application is

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

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website or the Noteable service in a different format such as an accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

We will consider your request and get back to you within 5 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this application

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of the Noteable service. If you find any problems not listed on this page, or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements:

We will consider your report and get back to you within 5 working 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 please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) directly.

Contact details for the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

The UK government has also produced information on how to report accessibility issues: Reporting an accessibility problem on a public sector website.

Contacting us by phone using British Sign Language

contactSCOTLAND-BSL runs a service for British Sign Language users and all of Scotland’s public bodies using video relay. This enables sign language users to contact public bodies and vice versa. The service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Technical information about this application’s accessibility

EDINA is committed to making its Noteable service accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This application is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard, owing to the non-compliances listed below.

Non accessible content

The bulk of the service has any non-compliance issues noted below. Notebooks are known to be less compliant

Jupyter Notebook and Jupyter Lab applications

Project Jupyter has an over-arching accessibility working group which meets every 2 weeks.

The links to named issues are:


The RStudio interface interface uses an OpenSource application from RStudio. The company has no explicit Accessibility documentation for their product, however they have the following articles:


Noteable runs a moodle service for trials. Moodle have a specific accessibility statement for their product.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

The following items to not comply with the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria:

Unless specified otherwise, a complete solution, or significant improvement, will be in place for those items within our control by December 2022.

Disproportionate burden

We are not currently claiming that any accessibility problems would be a disproportionate burden to fix.

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

At this time, we do not believe that any of our content is outside the scope of the accessibility regulations.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

The Noteable service team will constantly review and, where possible, improve accessibility for this service. We will continue to address the accessibility issues highlighted, working to deliver a solution or suitable workaround for users to use the service. Unless specified otherwise, a complete solution or significant improvement will be in place for those items within our control by December 2022.

The Jupyter Notebook, Jupyter Lab, and RStudio applications are outwith our control, and we cannot give any timelimes for improvements.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 20th October 2021. It was last reviewed on 20th October 2021.


This service was last tested by the Noteable Service team within the Information Services Group directorate. The testing was carried out primarily using a combination of Firefox & Google Chrome browsers on a Linux system; with MacOS (and Safari) and Windows 10 (and Microsoft Edge) also used for comparative purposes, including screen reader compatibility. Lynx was used to test text-only navigation for the main website (but not the notebooks). In particular, the service was tested using Chrome on multiple platforms since it is by far the most popular browser when using a screen reader and the most popular browser when using the Noteable service. Current worldwide usage levels for different screen readers and browsers can be found in the May-June 2021 WebAIM annual survey.

We do not test, or support, Internet Explorer: it is no longer supported by Microsoft; accounts for just 3.3% of users (according to WebAIM); does not support CSS3; and cannot cope with either the RStudio or Jupyterlab components.

Automated testing

A representative sample of pages were chosen to cover the different types of content and presentation within the service.

We used a range of toolkits and services to check each page:

Automated testing results
pageIBM EAACLightHouse A11yLightHouse BP
Notebook Descriptions99%98%93%
Data Policy95%100%93%
Report a Problem Form95%100%93%
Notebook Selector page94%85%100%
Classic notebook tree page86%91%87%
Classic notebook document88%(could not run test)
Jupyterlab Interface89%86%100%
RStudio Interface87%100%93%

We recognise the limitations of automated testing and we supplemented this with manual testing.

Manual Testing

Basic manual testing is viewing each page in a variety of browser/Operating System.

Content across the Noteable service has been tested without a mouse through keyboard navigation and has been found to be accessible using a keyboard interface. Note that the Jupyter and RStudio applications generally "tab" to navigate between sections, and "arrow key" within menus.

Using Windows 10 [Home Edition], We

Using MacOS X [Big Sur], we

Using Linux [Ubuntu 20:04 LTS], we visually compared all pages using Firefox and Chrome.

We also tested for the following:

Our findings on these features are summarised above.