Comhlamh recognises the importance of ensuring that our site is accessible to everyone. This website has been designed and developed by Arekibo to conform with Level A+ with the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and to comply with the Irish National Disability Authority IT Accessibility Guidelines. The website complies with most Priority 1 & 2 Guidelines. Some Priority 3 guidelines have also been achieved.
These standards define how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities. Conformance to these Guidelines will help to make the Comhlamh website, more accessible to users with disabilities.
Accessibility of this website
All new content published to the site is published in accessible HTML. This site contains many features to help users with disabilities navigate easily. These features are described below.
This website is designed for maximum accessibility. Frames are not used, tables are only used for tabulating data and images are kept to a minimum and always described in alt text.
This site is WCAG A+ approved, complying with most priority 1 and 2 guidelines of the W3 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Some Priority 3 guidelines have also been achieved.
The site uses structured semantic mark-up where possible. For example, internal content pages use H1 for all top level headings and list mark-up for internal navigation where possible. Using real list mark-up is best. Since visual presentation is in the CSS declarations, it does not clutter up the page, so both JAWS and Home Page Reader simply read your list for what it is: a list.
NB: The XHTML, CSS and A+ compliance validation on this site were time-stamped as valid on the 20/08/2008. However, with a dynamic site like this validations are fragile and can destablise. If you noticed any aspect of the site that may have deteriorated it's validations from beyond this date, please take time report to us. Thank you.
General Site Features
Using the Tab Key to jump between links:
You can use the tab key on your keyboard to jump from one link to the next. All navigation bars in the site provide a logical order for this.
PDF format (.pdf) or Adobe Acrobat format:
Some of the information on this website is available in PDF format to provide for easier reading and printing offline. This format is not (except in the case of the latest version, version 5) readily accessible to users with disabilities.
This site makes use of style sheets that allow for flexible resizing of fonts to meet user requirements. If you find that font sizes are too small simply increase the default font size used in your web browser software (for example, in Internet Explorer font sizes can be changed in the View Menu under 'Text Size'). This feature may not work correctly in all web browsers.
Top level navigation is visible at all times.
A breadcrumb link is available at the top each page to assist in navigation.
The homepage and all internal pages include a search box.
All content images used in the home page and elsewhere include descriptive ALT attributes.
Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.
This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout and all presentation has been completely seperated from content with the exception of layout tables.
If your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.
Pages are designed to validate as DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional. There is a number of remaining validation errors, but work is ongoing to fix these.
Volunteering Options is committed to maintaining and monitoring the accessibility of this website
Some of our guidelines cover issues such as:
- Creating user friendly web content
- Writing meaningful alternative text
- Creating accessible tables
- Creating accessible forms
- Creating accessible link phrases
Please let us know if you encounter any problems.