In line with eEurope targets on accessibility, the Irish government has made similar recommendations for Irish sites; the National Disability Authority (NDA) has been invited to monitor progress in this area. The (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) WCAG are divided into Priority 1, 2 and 3 checkpoints. The minimum accessibility requirements for web sites has been set at meeting all priority 1 and priority 2 checkpoints. A web site that meets priority 1 and 2 checkpoints is said to be WAI AA conformant.
Our aim is to improve access to the site for people with physical and learning difficulties, and also to make the site more accessible for those using low spec PCs and communication channels. We will be continually benchmarking the site against W3C/WAI accessibility guidelines to achieve AAA standard , but presently we are at Level AA compliance.
Page Layout and Navigation
Each Page comprises four main sections
Search - Type your search word or phrase and the search engine returns results for all relevant content on web site including PDF and other document formats
Lefthand Side Navigation - Links to the six main sections of the Website.
Sub Navigation - When you select a category on the Lefthand menu bar a list of further sub navigation links for that section is available
Skip Nav - button on the top right hand corner of site will allow the user to skip navigation links and go directly to the first piece of content.
Images - Alternative Text is provided for all images and image type buttons, null value is used for spacer images and for side navigations. There is no movement or blinking in any images. A text equivalent is provided for all Non text elements
Colour - The site does not rely upon colour to convey content. Images have sufficient contrast for people with colour deficient vision.
Style Sheets - All documents can be read without the use of Style Sheets.
Language - Wherever possible clear and simple language has been used. Jargon and Technical terms are avoided.
Relative sizing and positioning - is in use across the site except for some layout tables which use absolute sizing. The site is optimised for 800x600 resolution using these absolute sizes.
Input Device - Interface device-independent, you can navigate through the site using the keyboard.
See link to keyboard shortcuts below