Accessibility Guidelines & Standards

Access Officer

The Office has appointed an Access Officer to assist persons with a disability in their dealings with the Office. The Access Officer may be contacted at or at 01-8585816, or by writing to Access Officer, ODCE, 16 Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

This Site

All pages on this site were WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) approved, and complied with all priority 1, 2, 3 guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

This site contains many features to help users with disabilities navigate easily. These include keyboard shortcuts for all major links and special links to enable users to jump over navigation bars to the next item. These features are described below.

This website is designed for maximum accessibility. Frames are not used, tables are only used for tabulating data and images are kept to a minimum and always described in alt text.

Standards Compliance

  • This site is Bobby AAA approved, complying with all priority 1, 2 and 3 guidelines of the W3 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
  • The entire site validates as HTML 4.01 Transitional.
  • The site uses structured semantic mark-up where possible. For example, internal content pages use H1 for all top level headings and list mark-up for internal navigation where possible. Using real list mark-up is best. Since visual presentation is in the CSS declarations, it does not clutter up the page, so both JAWS and Home Page Reader simply read your list for what it is: a list.
  • NB: The XHTML, CSS and AAA compliance validations on this site were time-stamped as valid on the 18/11/05. However, with a dynamic site like this validations are fragile and can destablise. If you noticed any aspect of the site that may have deteriorated since then, please take time to report to us using our feedback form. Thank you.


In accordance with Government directives, the ODCE’s offices are closed until further notice. Temporary contact details have been arranged.


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