• about_this_site
  • Website Accessibility

    ComReg Accessibility Statement

    The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) is committed to ensuring accessibility of its web site for people with disabilities through assistive technologies. This site conforms  to the W3C/WAI's Web Content Accessibility Guide 1.0, Conformance Level AAA. Details of our efforts in this area are outlined below.

    Access Keys

    Access keys have not been enabled within the HTML of this website as there is currently no defined standard for use of access keys and as they often conflict with short cut keys of different browsers and assistive technologies in use.



    Shortcut Links

    If you are using a screen-reader (such as JAWS) you will be given the option to Skip Navigation (bringing you straight to the content), view Accessibilty information (that's this page) or view the Site Map pages.



    Links, Images and Tables

    All email links will describe that it is an email address, along with the actual email address. Internal links will explain what the link is and where is will take you to. Links to external sources will describe the link and where it will take you too.

    We ensure that all images used in our site are given appropriate alternative text descriptions ("ALT texts"), as required by internationally-recognised Web accessibility guidelines. Any graphical navigation buttons are similarly ALT-tagged. 

    Wherever you see this symbol  it means that by clicking on it you can open the document, image, flash movie into a seperate 'pop up' window. Some users prefer this, whilst others hate it, we prefer to give you the choice. If a document or image opens up in a new / seperate window we will pre warn you. We do this in two ways:

    1. Visually by using this symbol Pop up to a new window;
    2. By giving the link an alt / title text of "opens in a pop up window" for visually impaired users.

    * Please note that only one pop up window may be present at any time. Please close a window after you have used it. If you find that you have clicked on a document or image and it does not appear, you will probably find it minimised at the bottom of your screen. Clicking on it will restore it.



    Printer Friendly / Text Only Version

    A text only (non graphical) version of the site runs parallel with the graphical version of the web site. This version is designed to remove all web based formatting and print the pages in a logical A4 format optimised for print. Normal navigation is still possible when viewing in this version of the site. Click the "Graphics Version" link at the top of the print friendly page to return to the full graphical version.



    Changing Text Size

    You can specify the font sizes within your browser through the methods below:

    • To increase the size of text in Windows Explorer 5+, select View > Text Size > Larger/Largest
    • To increase the size of text in Netscape 6+, select View > Text Size > Larger or press Ctrl++
    • To increase the size of text in Netscape 4, select View > Increase Font or press Ctrl+]

    Note: increasing the size of the text may change the visual layout of the page.



    Standards

    This site may be viewed in any browser or Internet device, but looks best in one that complies with web standards created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

    This site has been developed to conform to W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Level "Single-A" (A), satisfying all Priority 1 checkpoints. It is our plan to work to adhering to the highest "Triple-A (AAA) standard within a short period of time.

    Valid HTML 4.01!

    Valid CSS!

     



    Assistive Technologies

    Within the context of this website Assistive technologies refers to the hardware and or software devices that are used by people who may have difficulties using computer technology. Assistive technologies are sometimes referred to as adaptive software.

    Assistive technologies can either be input or output devices (i.e. a mouse and keyboard are examples of input devices and a printer and monitor are examples of output devices). Assistive technologies include:

    • Screen readers;
    • Screen magnifiers;
    • Sound notification;
    • Voice (or speech) recognition;
    • Speech synthesis;
    • Voice browsers;
    • Text browsers;
    • Mouth sticks;
    • Head wand;
    • Sip and puff switch;
    • Alternative or adaptive keyboards;
    • Oversized tracker ball mouse;
    • Eye tracking.