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Making Public Sector Websites Accessible: The Key Findings of Ireland’s Latest Monitoring Report

This blog summarises the NDA’s key findings and recommendations as outlined in Ireland’s first monitoring report published in December 2021.

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2.4.4: Link Purpose (In Context)

One of the Level A Success Criteria of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) states that users should be able to determine the purpose of each link on a website from the link text alone, or from the link text together with its programmatically determined context.

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Did you know every iPhone is accessible?

Back in 2009 when Apple launched the iPhone 3GS, they also unveiled their accessibility features. This iOS release in 2009 was the start of Apple’s mobile accessibility journey which allowed people with sight loss to interact with touch screen devices.

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Automated Tools – Lighthouse, Deque axe, WAVE & AccessiBe

Automated accessibility tools are software, plugins, and code all designed to audit and maintain your website or application’s accessibility rating. They can perform surface level tests against the WCAG 2.1 criteria such as images, colour contrast, and heading structure.

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1.1.1: Non-text Content

We often take for granted the sheer amount of information and content contained in an image, chart, animation, or map. WCAG 1.1.1 Non-Text Content allows information like this to be consumed by people with visual impairments and similar disabilities.

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What Are the WCAG 2.1 Guidelines and Why Do They Matter?

As the accessibility arm of the NCBI, Ireland’s national sight loss agency, IA Labs is committed to ensuring that accessibility and inclusion are not something reserved for a lucky few. Access and inclusion are fundamental rights, yet many companies and organisations fall short of guaranteeing these rights to people with disabilities.