Accessibility Statement

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport is committed to providing information and services, which are fully accessible to all of our customers.

The aim with the website is to make it as accessible as possible regardless of the ability or disability of the user. Good design improves access for all users.

Website Design

The website has been designed in a manner that avoids clutter and provides a consistent navigation style. The use of colour, breadcrumbs and links to the main thematic areas on each page allows for easier navigation.

The website content is separated from the presentational elements, which makes it available to visitors using technologies such as screen readers.

We feel that users should be easily able to identify which category the information they require falls into.

PDF/Adobe Format

Some of the information on this website is available in PDF format to provide for easier reading and printing of documents. This format is not always accessible. Newer PDF documents are being created in accessible PDF format but many of the documents on site predate that particular format.

Adobe Reader is required to view PDF files on this site. A free copy can be downloaded from the Adobe website (external link).

Search

A search engine has been included, which has improved the retrieval of documents and also allows for an advanced search function.

Images

All images have ALT descriptions unless they are decorative in which case they have null values.

Tables

The use of tables has been kept to a minimum on the site.

Browser Testing

The website is coded to Transitional XHTML standards. All pages have been verified using the W3 Organisations validator. In addition sample pages are checked using the following browsers:

PC
Chrome 19.0 and higher 
Internet Explorer 7.0 and higher
Firefox 2.0 and higher
Opera 8.0 and higher
Lynx 2.8.8 and higher

Mac
Safari 5.0 and higher

Linux
Chrome 19.0 and higher
Firefox 2.0 and higher
Lynx 2.8 and higher
Opera 8.0 and higher

Screen Readers
NVDA 2012.2.1 and higher

All older browser and screen reader versions can access the website although the content maybe without graphical layout due to lack of CSS compatibility within the browser.

Maintaining accessibility

The Department is committed to maintaining and monitoring the accessibility of this website.  As part of this process we welcome any comment, suggestions or details of problems encountered from users.  Comments should be sent to info@aaiu.ie.

These guidelines cover issues such as creating user friendly web content, writing meaningful alternative text, creating accessible link phrases and creating accessible documents.