Website accessibility

Website accessibility content

Our website has been developed with the top priority of ensuring content is accessible as possible to all visitors. This has been achieved by adhering to best practices, such as compliance with W3C standards.

This accessibility statement records the main steps that we have taken to accommodate the needs of anyone wishing to visit our website.

Standards compliance

The pages on this website were built in 2018 to comply with a minimum standard of WCAG AA, complying with all priority 1 and 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

All 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, H3 and H4 tags for subtitles.

Navigation aids

All pages contain a link to the home page, and the menu system has been constructed in a consistent fashion throughout the website. All pages on the website include a search box.

Images

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

Visual design

This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.

If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

An alternative colour contrast version is available by using the control above the search box on the top of all pages, this is in the top right hand corner of the screen.

The design is “responsive” meaning it will change and adapt the layout for different screen sizes such as those found on tablet and mobile.

Fonts

This site uses relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified “text size” option in visual browsers.

The font size can also be increased using the control above the search box on all pages.

Fonts size and colour has been carefully chosen to meet recommended sizing standards and contrast with background

Some visually impaired web users need to take further steps to make websites visible. Internet Explorer and many other browsers enable you to specify your own Cascading Style Sheet that will override the styling of the websites that you view. This will give you full control of the visual appearance of the text in websites. You can find out more about specifying your own CSS file by using the Help function within your web browser software.

Accessibility references

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

Accessibility Software

  • NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free and open source screen reader for the Microsoft Windows operating system. Providing feedback via synthetic speech and Braille, it enables people who are blind or have a visual impairment to access computers running Windows for no extra cost. Download for free here.
  • JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. JAWS can be downloaded here.
  • Window-Eyes Screen Reader. Downloadable demo is available here
  • ZoomText Magnifier 10.x enlarges and enhances everything on your computer screen, making all of your applications easier to see and use. Purchase ZoomText here.
  • Opera, a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user stylesheets, image toggle. Download here.

Feedback

We welcome feedback on the accessibility and usability of our website. If you have had any problems or any issues while using our site, we would like to hear about it. You can contact us by phone on 01 6789 004 or by email at communications@fightingblindness.ie.