Gas Networks Ireland is dedicated to meeting the needs of people with disabilities, and recognises the importance of complying with accessibility standards. We also recognise the challenge and benefits of creating a website that focuses not only on complying with standards, but on delivering an excellent online experience to the widest possible audience, including older people and users with disabilities.
As far as possible, we aim that this website is:
• technically accessible, in that it is possible for all users to access all information and functionality;
• equally usable, in that it is not prohibitively difficult or time consuming for users with disabilities to carry out normal tasks;
• capable of being adapted or configured by individual users to meet their specific needs and preferences;
• capable of interfacing with appropriate, widely available assistive technologies employed by users.
As a minimum standard, all pages are designed to meet all Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, Level A & Level AA Success Criteria, the target rating which public sector bodies should achieve. However, we aim to achieve as many of the guidelines from levels 1, 2 and 3 as practical in the design and implementation of the website.
The Gas Networks Ireland website uses structured semantic markup. h1 tags are used for main titles. h2, h3 tags etc. are used. The site has clear descriptive link text to aid screen reader site navigation. Form elements are all given programmatic labels. Data tables are accessible and there is descriptive use of <title> element site wide. Downloadable document formats and size are made clear in the link text.
The Web site uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for visual layout.
Pages are designed to validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional.
An independent accessibility audit was carried out on this website. The audit process validated a high level of compliance. We will continue to work at improving the usability and accessibility of the website and invite your feedback or comments.
If you experience difficulty navigating this site or require assistance in sourcing the information you need, please contact the Gas Networks Ireland Access Officers.