Accessibility Statement

This is the provisional accessibility statement for the website. Revisions will be made to the content of the statement as accessibility is improved on the site.

FreeTrade Ireland is committed to making the Free Trade service and related information as fully accessible to all of our users, regardless of the ability or disability of the user.

Design of Webpages

Good design improves access for all users and the webpages have been designed in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Standards (Level AA) as produced by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). 

All webpages have been designed to comply with priority 1, 2 and 3 checkpoints of the standards. 

Website Design

The website was developed using XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets, which are screen reader friendly and more accessible. It has been designed in a manner that avoids clutter and provides a consistent navigation style. The use of colour and links allows for easier navigation.


The website content is separated from the presentational elements, which makes it available to visitors using technologies such as screen readers.

All pages use metadata (rel=prev, next, etc.) to assist with navigation on those browsers that support it.

Font Size

There is an option for each user to increase or decrease the font size available in the website  banner.  


Many (or all) links have title attributes. External links all open in a new window.

Browser Testing

The website is coded to Transitional XHTML standards. In addition sample pages are checked using the following browsers:


  • Internet Explorer 5.5 up to 7.0
  • Firefox 1.0.1 and up


  • Safari 1.0.3 and higher 
  • Firefox 1.0 and higher

All older browsers can access the website although the content maybe without graphical layout due to lack of CSS compatibility within the browser.

Maintaining accessibility

FreeTrade Ireland is committed to maintaining and monitoring the accessibility of this website.  As part of this process we welcome any comment, suggestions or details of problems encountered from users.  Comments should be sent to 

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