Accessibility Statement

Carlow County Development Partnership CLG has designed its website to run on a broad range of browsers and operating systems.  This page sets out information on a guide to the site’s navigation processes, the technical requirements to run the site properly, the design standards used when developing the site, and some shortcuts for navigation.

We recognise the importance of providing a website that is inclusive and available for all user groups. This page explains:

Our approach to making this website accessible;
The features provided to enhance the site’s accessibility;
What to do if you have any questions or feedback for us.

Navigation

The following list details some of the site-wide navigation features that improve the overall accessibility of this site.

  • The Primary navigation is a set of expandable menus that provide quick and easy access to the sites major content areas.
  • PDF format (.pdf) or Adobe Acrobat format: This site makes use of Portable Document Format (.pdf) making files easily accessible to download and save.
  • This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout and where possible all presentation has been completely separate from content.7

The stylesheets 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 one popular browser font sizes can be changed in the View Menu under “Text Size”). This feature may not work the same way in all web browsers.

Approach

We believe that this website meets or exceeds the requirements of the level A criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative (WCAG WAI) 2.0 guidelines.

Accessibility features

Keyboard access

We have provided ‘skip to main content’ links to allow direct access past the navigation menu to the page’s main content.

Text size

You can vary the text size by using your browser’s text resize option: View – Text Size.

Alternative text for images

All images have been given appropriate alternative text.

Heading elements

HTML heading elements have been used to represent page structure, supporting assistive technologies that allow page navigation from heading to heading.

Link text

All hyperlinks should make sense when read out of context, and hyperlinks are clearly presented in a different text style from normal body text.

JavaScript independence

Where JavaScript or other scripts are used for navigation or functionality, an alternative mechanism has been put in place in case your browser does not support these scripts.

Colour contrast

We have checked text and background colour combinations to ensure that the contrast is sufficient and we have also ensured that information is not referenced by colour alone.

Style sheets

We have used an HTML and CSS  editing system to control the presentation of pages and have used properly structured markup for content. If style sheets are not supported or are turned off, information on the site can still be accessed and read.

Questions and feedback

If you have any difficulty in accessing any information on this website or if you have any feedback for us, we would like to hear from you.