Accessibility Statement

We are committed to making the information on this website accessible to all, regardless of ability. This statement outlines the provisions we have made to ensure a high standard of accessibility throughout this web site.

Standards compliance

  • The majority of the pages on this site are WCAG AA approved, complying with all priority 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. (http://www.w3.org/WAI/).   

  • All pages on this site comply with the Irish National Disability Authority IT Accessibility Guidelines. (http://accessit.nda.ie/)   

  • All pages on this site are Section 508 approved, complying with all of the U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines. (http://www.section508.gov/)    The majority of pages on this site validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional.   

  • All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles.

Images

  • All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT tag. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.

Visual design

  • This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.   

  • This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers

Accessibility references

  • W3 accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline.  

  • W3 accessibility techniques, which explains how to implement each guideline.   

  • W3 accessibility checklist, a busy developer's guide to accessibility.   

  • Irish National Disability Authority IT accessibility guidelines.   

  • U.S. Federal Government Section 508 accessibility guidelines.

Accessibility software

  • JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.   

  • Home Page Reader, a screen reader for Windows. A downloadable demo is available.   

  • Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.   

  • Links, a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.