Cork: Merchant City

Cork: Merchant City


We have made every effort to ensure that the design of this website conforms to web standards for both usability and accessibility. Our aim is to provide an equivalence of access to the information on this website for all our users.

We have followed the W3C's WAI (Web Accessibility Initiative) guidelines in the creation of this website and we have used the latest technologies available to structure the website. W3C is the governing authority on web development standards and practices.

The website uses XHTML code to provide document structure and CSS (Cascading Stylesheets) to provide document formatting. By following guidelines set down by the W3C we are trying to make sure that all the information on our web site is available to everybody: not just the text, but the information contained in the images and other media. Using these technologies also allows us to provide a website that loads faster, and displays in more devices. The website template set contains valid XHTML and CSS code and conforms to the Web Accessibility Initiative's AA guidelines.

If you have a problem accessing any information on the site, please contact us and we will endeavor to provide the information in an appropriate format.


Flash is used in the Gallery Slideshow.  However, in conformance with accessibility standards, a static version of the Gallery items is also available from the main menu.

Browser Compatibility

We have ensured that the website template set displays on all current browsers including Internet Explorer 6+, Opera 7+, Firefox 1+ and Mozilla/Netscape 7+. If you do not have one of these, we recommend you upgrade as these browsers support web standards which in turn support the provision of fully functional web services for all users.


All images used on the site contain descriptive alt text. In addition, images have been moved into the background where possible.


We endeavor to ensure that link text is written to make sense out of context. We have tried to avoid the use of the words 'click here' for link text.

Increasing the text size

If you find that the text on this site is too small, you can increase the text size within your browser:

  • If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer, go to the View menu, select Text Size and then either Larger or Largest.
  • If you use Netscape Navigator, go to the View menu and choose Increase Font until the text is the size you require.
  • If you use Mozilla Firefox, go to the View menu and Text Size: increase until the text is the size you require

Navigational Aids

We have built a number of useful navigation aids into the website to benefit all of our users:

Keyboard navigation

In the Gallery Section your keyboard may be used to control the navigation when the slideshow has focus in the web browser. Focus is enabled by clicking anywhere inside the slideshow.

  • G: Open/close gallery
  • N: Hide/show navigation bar
  • Left arrow: Load previous content
  • Right arrow: Load next content
  • Space Bar: Pause/auto-play playback

Skip Navigation

A function is provided for users of adaptive devices to allow them to skip through the main navigation on each page if they do wish. Screen readers will read out each and every menu option exhaustively on each page, so this function allows a user to go directly to the page content if they wish.


Breadcrumbing is used on the website to add extra navigation information and to help users locate themselves within the website.