Accessibility

The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.
Source: Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web.

The Waterford Chamber Skillnet website has been constructed to be accessible to a wider range of people than before, including those using assistive technology, making them easier to use, quicker to download, display better across a wide range of devices and platforms, and are simpler to update and modify.

Below is information about some of the features we have implemented. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any problems accessing our content. We have tried to cater for as many people as possible but there may be occasions when we can further improve our accessibility.

Structural Content

Accessible websites start from the foundation of strucutral valid HTML code. As the building blocks of the internet, structural valid HTML displayed in conjunction with valid Cascading Style Sheets separate design from content, ensuring a quick download time, accessible viewing, and the most consistent look and feel across standards-compliant browsers. At the time of launch, this website is deemed fully-compliant to the W3C standards. However websites change over time and errors can creep in. If you find anything that needs addressing, please contact us and it will be rectified immediately.

Changing the font size

Accessible websites allow you to customize the font size to suit your personal preferences. Most browsers will allow you to change the font size. Most browsers have a similar feature - usually somewhere in the "View" menu.

Alternative content

For those members of our audience who use screenreader or speech browser software, we've provided sensible alternative text for images where this alternative text will aid your understanding of the webpage. If you discover an image that does not have suitable alternative text, please contact us.

Headers

Our pages use structured headers to aid legibility. The first header on the page is the main content header followed by any appropriate sub-headers.

This aids users of certain screenreaders and speech browsers - for instance: JAWS users can type INSERT+F6 to hear all the headers on the page, or CTRL+INSERT+ENTER to quickly navigate through the page by skipping to the next header.

Tables

We do not use tables, except for the display of tabular data. For users of screenreaders and speech browsers, we associate headers with their respective rows and columns to aid legibility.

Older browsers

CSS, which we use for layout and design, is not fully supported by older web browsers, resulting in unpredictable display.

Modern browsers can be downloaded from the sites below.

Text only browsers

We have take steps to ensure that users of text only browsers find it easier to use our sites than before, with the addition of "jump" links and features to visually separate the content. Site navigation is constructed using lists to make it more comprehensible.