Web Accessibility Statement

Trinity College is committed to providing web pages that are universally accessible to all users. To this end, new Trinity websites meet a minimum of W3C Level 2 compliance in line with the Web Accessibility guidelines (WCAG 1.0). Websites that are designed by and in conjunction with the Web Office are tested and validated in line with these standards.

Please contact the Web Design Office at webdes@tcd.ie if you have any issues with accessing information on our website or if you wish to provide any feedback or comments with regard to Web Accessibility for the Trinity College website.

When websites are correctly designed, developed and edited, all users can have equal access to the sites' information, functionality and benefits. Trinity aims to make our websites accessible and usable for people of all abilities and disabilities. Many people use assistive technologies to allow them, for example, to view websites in easier-to-read colours, with larger fonts or as spoken text, or to navigate around a site using the keyboard only. The following items have been prioritisted to assist with consistency and accessibility i.e.

  • Consistent Trinity Header and Footer navigation
  • Navigation - Website navigation is coded as lists to ensure that all menu navigation can be read by screen readers
  • The first link on a Trinity web page is a hidden link called "Skip to main content ". By pressing enter on this link, the screen reader will skip directly to the main page content. Many web pages include a "Back to Top" link(s). Pressing enter on these links will take the user back to the main content.
  • Heading elements (H1, H2, H3) etc. are used extensively throughout the website along with skip links and back to top links.
  • Tables – Data tables include summary attributes and are coded using Row and Column titles.  It is recommended not to use tables for layout purposes.
  • 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 sans-serif for main webpage content and fonts can be resized in each browser using CTRL +/- in Firefox and View, Text Size in IE (method is dependent on browser version).
  • Forms - All forms are coded where labels are explicitly linked to relevant input field

Using your browser

The following are some tips on getting the most from your browser (note the following may not work in all browsers e.g. IE 6, 7)

  • Open a new Tab – Hold down CTRL and click on a link
  • Open a new Window – Hold down SHIFT and click on a link
  • Increase Font Size – Hold down CTRL and press +
  • Decrease Font Size - Hold down CTRL and press  –
  • Reset font size – Hold down CTRL and press 0

Further guidelines and resources for College Accessibility

In addition to the above, College has provided further resources on ensuring an accessible environment:

  • Accessible information - help & tips and how to create accessible content and more information on the accessible information policy which was introduced into college in June 2009
  • Assistive Technology resources – There are a wide range of assistive technologies available to staff & students of Trinity College to find out how to access these resources
  • Accessibility of the built environment - Information on the accessibility of the physical environment of Trinity College and presentations showing physical access works that have been carried out over the last 10 years.
  • Accessible procurement of Goods and Services - information on acquiring goods & services in an inclusive manner and ensuring your department is compliant with College policy
  • Trinity College Dublin Access Officer – Contact details for the College access officer to help with any queries that you might have or assistance you may require in relation to the accessibility of information and services provided by TCD.
  • Accessible events in College – A guide & checklist on creating a accessible College event


Contacts

We continue to make further improvements and enhancements to our website 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 by emailing webdes@tcd.ie