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Financial Times Website Accreditation

Digital Accessibility Centre Certificate of Accreditation

Accreditation Certificate Number:



Financial Times


Certificate issue date:

Certificate expiry date:

Certificate status:


Desktop and Mobile


To achieve certification each undergoes a manual technical compliance review against WCAG 2.2 to level AA.

The underwent both a technical compliance audit and robust end to end testing by users with a wide range of disabilities including blind, low vision, dyslexia, colour blindness, mobility impairments, learning difficulties, Deaf, Asperger and anxiety and panic disorder.

All testing is carried out in line with relevant platform specific guidelines, and where applicable, conforms with The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. Testing also conforms to Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

List of issues

Cookie Modal

  • Headings not marked up
  • Lists not marked up
  • Headings added to the tab order which are not interactive.
  • Some pseudo tab elements were not accessible for all user groups.
  • Some interactive controls had not been added to the tab order for keyboard users to access them.
  • Non-text content conveying information was not exposed to users of screen reading assistive technologies.
  • Some table headers were not programmatically marked up as headings for their respective columns.
  • Expandable interactive controls were not provided with the appropriate aria attributes to convey this functionality for screen reader users.

The UK energy crisis is burden of war

  • Headings at incorrect levels
  • Graphical data not available for all users
  • Graphical data fails to meet contrast ratios against background

FT Alphaville

  • Non-descriptive links as emojis are used for link text.


Scope of Testing

Journey 1
  1. Homepage:
  2. EU launches Brexit legal action against UK (Article barrier):
  3. Manage Cookies (Modal):
Journey 2
  1. Sign in:
  2. You choose the topics, we deliver the news (My FT tour):
  3. Streaming services (Streaming) - Retracted:
  4. FT Digital Edition (Newspaper):
  5. World (World section):
  6. UK (UK Section):
  7. Companies:
  8. Technology:
  9. Cryptofinance:
  10. Markets:
  11. Climate Capital:
  12. Opinion:
  13. Work & Careers:
  14. Life & Arts:
  15. HTSI (How to spend it):
  16. FT Alphaville:
  17. Moral Money:
  18. Letters to the Editor (Letters):
  19. Tim Bradshaw (Author pages):
  20. The UK energy crisis is a burden of war (Opinion):
  21. Special Reports:
  22. Visual and data journalism (Interactive):
  23. Coronavirus:
  24. Revolut under pressure from auditors after UK regulators find flaws (Normal article):
  25. Tesla will ‘try a little advertising’, Elon Musk says (Elon Musk article):
  26. How history caught up with my Russian academic friends (Article with toppers):
  27. A year under the Taliban (Package Landing page):
  28. The village wedding caught in the Taliban’s battle for Kabul (Package Article page):
  29. FT live news:
  30. Loneliness and me (Free to read):
  31. My FT Feed (My FT):
  32. My FT Topic View:
  33. Topics you follow (My FT Manage Topics):
  34. Saved Articles (My FT Saved Articles):
  35. My FT Explore:
  36. Newsletters:
  37. Contact Preferences:


This certificate was issued on the and represents the state of the pages audited on this date. Any further changes after the accreditation date are not covered by this certificate.

Additionally, any pages/areas of the website not listed the above scope of testing are also not covered by this certificate as we cannot guarantee their accessibility state.

We audit against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines V2.2 level A and level AA to test how accessible the website is, using theWebsite Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM) to evaluate conformance.