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Accessibility

We are committed to making the information on this website accessible to all, regardless of ability. This statement outlines the provisions we have made to ensure a high standard of accessibility throughout this web site.

Standards compliance

1.  The majority of the pages on this site are WCAG AA approved, complying with all priority 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. (http://www.w3.org/WAI/) except for the pages contained with the cost comparisons and calculators.

2.  All pages on this site comply with the Irish National Disability Authority IT Accessibility Guidelines. (http://accessit.nda.ie/)

3.  All pages on this site are Section 508 approved, complying with all of the U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines. (http://www.section508.gov/)

4.  The majority of pages on this site validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional except for the pages contained with the cost comparisons and calculators.

5.  All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles.

NOTE: We try to make sure that our website meets the highest standard of accessibility. If you have any difficulties, please contact us.

Images

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

Visual design

1.  This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.

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

Accessibility references

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

2.  W3 accessibility techniques, which explains how to implement each guideline.

3.  W3 accessibility checklist, a busy developer's guide to accessibility.

4.  Irish National Disability Authority IT accessibility guidelines.

5.  U.S. Federal Government Section 508 accessibility guidelines.

Accessibility software

1.  JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.

2.  Home Page Reader, a screen reader for Windows. A downloadable demo is available.

3.  Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.

4.  Links, a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.

Requirements

The browsers recommended for optimum use of this site are as follows:

  • Internet Explorer 6.0 upwards.
  • Firefox 2.0 upwards.
  • Safari 4.0 upwards.

 

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