Web Accessibility Statement
Bord Bia is committed to making its websites and mobile applications accessible, in accordance with European Union (Accessibility Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies) Regulations 2020.
We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA. The Bord Bia Bloom website is targeting WCAG 2.1 level AA, in accordance with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines will help make the web more user friendly for all people.
As we carry out regular testing and accessibility auditing in order to ensure ongoing accessibility compliance on our website, we may become aware of certain areas/modules/templates on the website where we could improve in terms of accessibility. We strive to maintain a Level AA conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1.
Please find below the areas which we are currently working to improve:
|Areas for Improvement||Timelines for Improvement|
|Text alternatives for images, links and icons are not meaningful or are missing in multiple pages||To be defined based on remediation work|
|There is no audio description or text-based media alternative for videos on multiple pages.||As above|
|On a number of pages, the content is restricted to a single display/orientation.||As above|
|The minimum contrast for text and non-text is not met in some of the pages.||As above|
|There are elements in the site which do not receive focus, or it is not obvious they receive focus or they receive focus in a different order than expected, in multiple pages||As above|
|Resizing text is causing loss of content or functionality on all of the webpages.||As above|
|Main navigation and footer are missing in one page.||As above|
|Input error messages are not descriptive or meaningful or do not exist at all in multiple pages.||As above|
|A number of links are missing an aria attribute that would describe the link purpose in context.||As above|
|HTML Validator returns warnings and errors on all pages.||As above|
- PDFs: Bord Bia has a large volume of PDFs hosted on its website. PDFs are less accessible than HTML pages for people using assistive technologies. However, Bord Bia has limited resources and finances to use in retrospectively tag all of the PDFs. For this reason, Bord Bia is committed to:
- Appropriately tagging any new PDFs published on the website.
- Tagging legacy documents over time, with a more urgent focus on documents that receive a large volume of traffic. This work will be ongoing.
- Images: Not all images on bordbia.ie have photo (or meta-) descriptions. Bord Bia has accrued an extensive catalogue of images and it would be a disproportionate burden based on Bord Bia’s limited resources and finances to properly tag all of the images immediately. However, Bord Bia is committed to:
- Creating alt tags on each newly uploaded image.
- Working through our library of previously uploaded imagery to tag each image.
- Videos: Bord Bia hosts a large volume of videos on its website. Captioning is not present for many of these videos. Retrospectively captioning videos would take a large amount of financial and staff resources and would not be feasible based on Bord Bia’s budget and staff numbers. For this reason, Bord Bia is committed to:
- Appropriately captioning any new videos uploaded to the website.
- Tagging legacy documents over time, with a more urgent focus on videos that receive a large volume of traffic. This work will be ongoing.
Please contact us if you become aware of any other issues that have not been set out above.
This statement was prepared on 14th August 2023.
The statement was prepared following a self-assessment by Bord Bia of its websites and mobile applications and an assessment by a third party web designer against WCAG 2.1.
This statement was last reviewed on 14th August 2023.
Feedback and Contact Information
To provide any feedback or to notify Bord Bia of any compliance failures or to request information and content excluded from the scope of the 2020 Regulations, please use the form on our Contact Us Page. Please direct your request to Bord Bia’s Marketing and Communications Team.
In the event of an unsatisfactory response to any notification or request, the requestor may make a complaint in writing to the Ombudsman for consideration under the Disability Act.