We are committed to ensuring that our website is accessible to everyone. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the accessibility of this site, please use our email address - firstname.lastname@example.org, as we are continually striving to improve the experience for all of our visitors.
- All pages on this site where possible, follow U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines.
- All pages on this site follow priorities 1 & 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. H2 tags are used for main titles, H3/H4/H5 tags for subtitles. For example, on this page, JAWS users can skip to the next section within the accessibility statement by pressing ALT+INSERT+3.
Web pages on www.wlr.ie include 4 different areas:
- A header bar that includes the main navigation,
- A topical header image that is associated with the page subject matter
- A latest news headline area
- A search form on the left,
- A main content area on the right (on the homepage a list of website subject deep links appear in this area),
- A footer.
When CSS (Cascading Styles Sheet) are not applied to a document (or when using a screen reader), the 4 areas are read in the above order.
- Image with the page structure have been kept to a minimum on this site - we strongly believe in seperation of content from the presentation layer and therefore all images where appropriate are held externally within CSS stylesheets
- Unless they are purely decorative items, all images used on this web site have suitable alt attributes where possible.
- Content should be usable/accessible with images "off" (disabled).
- The main navigation bar on this site is textual making the links accessible to non-visual browsers.
- Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target.
- Links are written to make sense out of context.
- The first link in every document is a "SkipNav"; (viewable by assistive technologies only) it is to skip directly to what is considered the main section of the page (the content). We have implemented this feature in a way that it allows Internet Explorer users to tab through (past that target link).
- URLs are permanent whenever possible.
- All form controls are appropriately and explicitly labeled.
- We provide an email address as an alternative form of access for our online form.
- Form validation routine does not rely on client-side script alone.
- We are using non obtrusive client-side scripts.
Pop up Windows
- We do not use any pop-ups within the site structure and any external links are clearly marked
- This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.
- This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers.
- If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.
- Any information conveyed through the use of color is also available without color (i.e. text based).
How to modify this site to fit your needs
These links explain the many ways you can make the web more accessible to you.
- W3 accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline.
- W3 accessibility techniques, which explains how to implement each guideline.
- W3 accessibility checklist, a busy developer's guide to accessibility.
- U.S. Federal Government Section 508 accessibility guidelines.
- JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
- Home Page Reader, a screen reader for Windows. A downloadable demo is available.
- Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
- Links, a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.
- Opera, a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user stylesheets, image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.
- Bobby, a free service to analyze web pages for compliance to accessibility guidelines. A full-featured commercial version is also available.
- HTML Validator, a free service for checking that web pages conform to published HTML standards.
- Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer, a tool for viewing your web pages without a variety of modern browser features.
- Lynx Viewer, a free service for viewing what your web pages would look like in Lynx.
- WebAIM, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving accessibility to online learning materials.
- Designing More Usable Web Sites, a large list of additional resources.