Heritage Ireland are 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. It has been designed in accordance with the WC3 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. It conforms to most of the priority 1, 2 and 3 checkpoints subject to some clarifications as outlined below.

Website Design

The website was developed using XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets, which are screen reader friendly and more accessible. It 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.

The website has been designed around regional areas for ease of navigation.

Font Size

There is an option for each user to increase or decrease the font size being used on the site.


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


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


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:


  • Internet Explorer 5.5 up to 7.0
  • Firefox 1.0.1 and up
  • Netscape 0.9.6 and up
  • Opera 7.45 and up
  • Lynx 2.8.5 and up 

  • Safari 1.0.3 and higher
  • Firefox 1.0 and higher

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

Maintaining accessibility

Heritage Ireland are 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.  


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