Mary Immaculate College – Web Accessibility Statement
Mary Immaculate College is committed to providing web pages that are universally accessible to all users. To this end, new websites meet a minimum of W3C Level 2 compliance in line with the Web Accessibility guidelines (WCAG 1.0). It may be the case that older pages do not meet level 2 web accessibility due to the large volume of pages on the College website. For further information regarding our web design requirements and making accessible websites, please contact our webmaster.
Navigating the Mary Immaculate College website
Heading elements (H1, H2, H3) etc. are used extensively throughout the website along with skip links and back to top links.
The standard Mary Immaculate College header includes the following:
The College Crest – links back to the MIC Home Page.
Search Box - searches the entire MIC website.
MIC Core Navigation - links to MIC Home, Current Students, Prospective Students, Faculties & Departments, Research and Administration & Services.
The standard MIC footer includes the following:
MIC's postal address.
Links to Accessibility, Privacy and Disclaimer statements.
The following technical web design requirements apply to the design and coding of MIC College websites. All new websites are required to meet a minimum of W3C Level 2 Web Accessibility guidelines (http://www.w3.org/WAI/).
Navigation - Website navigation is coded as lists to ensure that all menu navigation can be read by screen readers
Tables – Data tables include summary attributes and are coded using Row and Column titles.
Images - All images are coded to use an ALT attribute or LONGDESC attribute. Blank alt attributes are used for decorative images such as bulleted-list images, spacer images, etc.
Font-sizing and Stylesheets – Content and presentation are separate with presentation being controlled by Stylesheets. The default font is set to a verdana for main webpage content and fonts can be resized in each browser (method is dependent on browser version).
Forms - All forms are coded where labels are explicitly linked to relevant input field
Websites that are designed by and in conjunction with the Webmaster are validated for:
XHTML 1.0 Transitional
Level 2 Web Accessibility referencing the WAI guidelines
Examples of screen readers are as JAWS and Browsealoud.
Browsealoud reads web pages aloud for people who find it difficult to read online. Reading large amounts of text on screen can be difficult for those with literacy and visual impairments.
23 per cent of the adult population in Ireland have literacy problems. By subscribing to Browsealoud for your website, you will greatly increase the number of people who can access the content on your site.
Users of Browsealoud
Browsealoud makes using the Internet easier for people who have:
Low literacy and reading skills
English as a second language
Learning Disabilities such as Dyslexia
Mild visual impairments
Visit Browsealoud Enabled Sites
Frequently Asked Questions
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We continue to make further improvements and enhancements to our accessibility features and value your feedback. Please let us know of any problems you may have encountered, or of any features that you have found particularly useful.
email: MIC WEBMASTER