We are in the process of making our website as accessible as we can. We are using these guidelines provided by Prashant Ranjan Verma​, Accessibility Specialist with the DAISY Consortium.
  Website Accessibility Presentation
  Creating Accessible Documents

Why make websites accessible?

  • World Health Organization estimates that about ​15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability​
  • Significant number of people are likely to be denied the right to information if the content is not in a format which they can adapt as per their own needs for reading. ​
  • It is the right thing to do
  • Digital accessibility is also a regulatory requirement as per many international and domestic conventions/laws. ​

Here's what we have done so far:

  • Tested the website with an online accessibility checker:  wave.webaim.org
  • Images are accessible using textual description of all non-visual content ​
  • Found alternatives to tables for presenting text and data 
  • The site is now keyboard accessible (no drop-down menus)
  • Forms accessible (form fields are labelled, with no drop-down options)

Here's what is still left to do:

  • Testing the website on a mobile platform using IBM Accessibility Scanner 
  • Structural mark-up using heading formats rather than text formatting
  • Contextual link-text e.g.  IBM Accessibility Scanner rather than click here
  • Accessible formats of uploaded documents (using e.g. EPUB or Word accessibiloty check or pdf tags)

We are working with the Maynooth University Website team on the following issues:

  • Keyboard-inaccessible drop-down menu, top right  - the word menu is an image rather than text, without an alt-text description (every page)
  • 4 redundant links which can be time-consuming and confusing (every page)
  • Contrast errors - use of pale blue font against white or dark blue background (every page)
  • Adjacent links which can be time-consuming and confusing (ALL People, ALL News)

Here's what Maynooth University have done so far:

  • Alt text descriptions for all images

If you can suggest any changes in addition to those detailed above, we would welcome your input. Please email Hilary: hilary.hooks@mu.ie

Here are some further resources you might be interested in:

https://www.accessibility-developer-guide.com/

http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/glance/

http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/quickref/

http://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/

http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/