Accessibility

Accessibility statement


This is the official accessibility statement for Donegal County Council. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email us at accessibility@donegalcoco.ie.
Access keys
Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web site. On Windows, you can press ALT + an access key; on Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key. Press return or enter to then vist that link.

All pages on this site define the following access keys:
· Access key x - Primary navigation
· Access key y - Content
· Access key z - Shortcuts
· Access key 0 - Home page
· Access key 1 - Council
· Access key 2 - Services
· Access key 3 - Contact Us
· Access key s - Search
· Access key g - Gaeilge
· Access key a - Accessibility statement

Standards compliance

1. We are endeavouring to make all pages on this site Bobby AAA approved, complying with all the Bobby guidelines. This is always a judgement call; many accessibility features can be measured, but many can not. Donegal County Council are reviewing all the guidelines and will try to ensure that these guidelines are closely followed.

2. We are endeavouring to make all pages on this site WCAG AAA approved, complying wih all priority 1, 2, and 3 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Again, this is a judgement call; many guidelines are intentionally vague and can not be tested automatically. Donegal County Council are reviewing all the guidelines and will try to ensure that these guidelines are closely followed.

3. All pages on this site validate as XHTML 1.0 Strict a part from the gplan and eplan applications which, validate as XHTML 1.0 Tranisitional. This is not a judgement call; a program can determine with 100% accuracy whether a page is valid XHTML.

 

Navigation aids

1. The home page and all archive pages include a search box (access keys).
Links

2. Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target (such as the headline of an article).

3. Links are written to make sense out of context.

Images

1. All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes.
2. Complex images include LONGDESC attributes or inline descriptions to explain the significance of each image to non-visual readers.

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

Accessibility references

1. W3 accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline.
2. W3 accessibility techniques, which explains how to implement each guideline.

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.
5. 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.

Accessibility services

1. Bobby, a free service to analyze web pages for compliance to accessibility guidelines. A full-featured commercial version is also available.
2. HTML Validator, a free service for checking that web pages conform to published HTML standards.
3. Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer, a tool for viewing your web pages without a variety of modern browser features.
4. Lynx Viewer, a free service for viewing what your web pages would look like in Lynx.

Related resources

1. WebAIM, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving accessibility to online learning materials.