Accessibility


Accessibility

 

You are provided with access to this website in accordance with our Terms and Conditions free of charge and for your personal and non-commercial use only. 

Our Site is only intended for use by people resident in Ireland and the United Kingdom. If you choose to access this Site from outside Ireland or the United Kingdom, you are responsible for compliance with local laws if and to the extent local laws are applicable.

Michael H Ltd. is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. In doing so, we aim to adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.

 

General Information

Some of the general features include:
• The use of clear, simple language which is easy to understand.
• The use of common web conventions.
• Avoiding the use of blinking or flickering elements.
• The use of validated HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

  

Standards Compliance

We have strived to ensure our website conforms to Level A compliance as specified by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). In some cases the website provides enhanced features via JavaScript. Our goal is to provide equivalent functionality for users who are not able to use JavaScript and we are working hard to achieve this.

We use a number of tools to perform automated accessibility tests, but this is just one aspect of our testing procedure. Being automated, these tools are not as reliable as expert evaluation. Pages are also tested in a variety of screen reading applications.

The site displays correctly in current web browsers. If you view our site on an older browser, you may find pages don't display as intended if the browser isn't standards-compliant. We recommend you upgrade your browser to the latest version of one of the following, to get the most from our site.
Microsoft Internet Explorer: http://www.microsoft.com
Mozilla Firefox: http://www.mozilla.com

 

Background, Text and Colour

Careful use of text colours, size and background colours can help people with a range of visual impairments, and in this respect, this is what we have done:


Colours

Our site is usable by anyone with colour deficient vision. We've checked our website's font and background colour to ensure there are no combinations against the different colour blindness conditions and ensured that all information is still clear.

We have designed all pages on our website so that all information that is conveyed with colour is also available without colour.

 

Font and Text Size

We have used clear, legible font for all text and headings. If you are using Firefox, you can select View, then Text Size, and then choose increase, or decrease according to your requirements.

 

Style Sheets

This website uses cascading style sheets (CSS) for visual layout. Where possible, we have also made our website navigable, usable and readable if your browsing device does not support style sheets.

 

Non-Text Elements

Providing alternatives for non-text elements gives visually impaired and screen-reader users wider access to our website.

 

Images, Videos and Other Non-Text Elements

We have made it possible to use our site without having to view graphics or images. All non-text elements, such as images, animations, symbols, audio, video and multimedia, if any, have text equivalents. We have done this by providing descriptive alt attributes for them. Purely decorative graphics or formatting images have empty alt attributes.

 

Scripts

Our website uses JavaScript to improve usability and the online shopping experience. To help you use the website, we've created alternative non-JavaScript pages for the most critical pages.

 

Links and Navigation

We aim to structure our website so it is simple and streamlined to use, therefore helping to improve the experience for all. For example, placing page items in a logical order and making the website easy to navigate helps people with visual impairments, motor deficiencies and cognitive disabilities.

We've made navigation links consistent between pages throughout the site. The site is also fully accessible using only the keyboard and can be navigated with scripting disabled.

 

Pop-Up Windows

Our website does not use pop-up windows unless they are appropriate. Acceptable cases, for example, are when it is important to see the browser window you've just navigated from in the background.

 

Forms and Tables

We do occasionally use tables for layout but we ensure we follow WCAG guidelines. This means tables do not have any structural mark-up for visual purposes and they make sense when presented in a linear way.

Any tables are clearly labelled to help readers understand the content on a page and to fill in content into correct form fields.


Frames

Although there are a limited number of critical pages on this site which use frames, we try not to use frames as they are a barrier to accessibility. Any frames which we do use have descriptive titles to help screen readers to make sense of the content of the page.


Exceptions

Whilst Michael H strives to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website. We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall accessibility. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback regarding the accessibility of this site or if you experience any difficulty using it, by emailing onlinesupport@michaelh.ie.

 



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