The Central Statistics Office (CSO) recognises the importance of ensuring that our website is accessible to everyone. We are committed to improving accessibility of our website and to making our content available to the widest possible audience, including those who use assistance technologies. We are always working to improve our website user experience for everyone, and to improve our website structure, content and navigation to better conform to applicable accessibility standards.
Measures to support accessibility
The CSO takes the following measures to ensure accessibility of CSO.ie:
- Include accessibility throughout our internal policies.
- Integrate accessibility into our procurement practices.
- Assign clear accessibility targets and responsibilities.
- Publish releases as HTML webpages as standard, reducing the use of printed materials and PDF as much as possible.
CSO.ie is partially conformant with WCAG 2.1 level AA. Partially conformant means that some parts of the content do not fully conform to the accessibility standard.
- Our online dissemination database, StatBank (statbank.cso.ie), is not currently compliant. We are currently piloting a replacement system (data.cso.ie) which is estimated to take over as our main dissemination database system in late 2020. The new system will comply with WCAG 2.1 level AA.
- Some older systems which sit under the umbrella of CSO.ie do not conform to the WCAG 2.1 level AA standard, the Census Small Area Population maps system included. We are working to replace these older systems with modern, accessible versions.
- In some cases, we make use of PDF (Portable Document Format), notable for older documents in our release archives and some specific releases. If you cannot access the information in any PDF document, please contact our information service on (+353) 21 453 5481 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
- Our policy at present is to leave in place all historical statistical releases published on our website as reference material. However, updating thousands of these statistical would be a disproportionate burden so they may not meet our current accessibility standards in part or whole.
- Our visualisation tools may be difficult to navigate using just a keyboard and screen reader software.
Where content is not easily accessible, please contact our information service who will be pleased to help with your enquiry.
Feedback and assistance
The CSO welcomes your feedback on accessibility of our website and digital tools. Please let us know if you encounter any accessibility issues which you would like us to review.
Phone: +353 21 453 5481
This statement was updated on 25th February 2020