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Our commitment and approach to maintaining an accessible website

The National Standards Authority of Ireland is committed to:

  • maintaining an accessible website.
  • ensuring that this website achieves “Level AA” conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, to comply with the National Disability Authority’s Code of Practice on Accessibility of Public Services and Information Provided by Public Bodies. (The National Disability Authority’s Centre for Excellence in Universal Design has an introduction to policy and legislation relevant to Universal Design in Ireland.)
  • ensuring that all new information on the website will achieve “Level AA” conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
  • including accessibility when we procure 3rd-party systems or upgrades to existing systems.
     

This website’s conformance with official accessibility guidelines

The website currently has AA conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Our most recent web accessibility audit for this website was on February 14th 2020.
 

Areas for improvement and time-lines

We carry out regular accessibility audits on our website, during which we become aware of some areas on the website where we could improve accessibility. We strive to maintain a “Level AA” conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

Below are some areas we are currently working to improve:

Areas for improvement Timelines for improvement
Correct heading order (h1, h2 etc.) Ensure fully rectified by end of July 2021
Fully accessible buttons (where image visual is used rather than text) Ensure fully rectified by end of July 2021

 

How to send feedback on this website's accessibility

We welcome feedback on the accessibility of this website. You can contact us here.
 

Accessibility features of this website

Correct usage of HTML attributes (including ARIA)
Correct HTML attributes (title, alt, rel etc.) and ARIA attributes (aria-label, role etc. These attributes can be passed to assistive technologies such as screen reader) and give all users clear intentions and values of content.

Keyboard Navigable
The site can be easily navigated using the user’s keyboard and is not mouse dependent. The links and clickable elements can be cycled through using the tab and arrow keys and show a visual focused que.

Contrast Ratios
The contrast ratio of background to test is fully passed in all cases across the site.

Fully valid HTML
Incorrect HTML structure can cause accessibilty issues such as unordered lists having direct descendents that are not list items. The site passes fully on this. The site’s visual order also matches the HTML order.