[LINK] Fwd: vip-l: Report highlights website accessibility
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Thu Mar 9 08:31:43 EST 2006
At 08:54 AM 3/8/2006, Jan Whitaker wrote:
>>Report highlights website accessibility concerns Lexis Nexis (UK), March 06,
>>2006 ... A report published by the UK Cabinet Office reveals that only 3
>>public sector websites has met a minimum standard of accessibility. ...
The full report "eAccessibility of public sector services in the European
Union", is on the UK Cabinet Office web site at:
The report is available in "accessible Adobe PDF" and as far more useful
web pages. This is a useful report which anyone interested in web
accessibility should look at. I may be subjecting students at ANU to a
detailed analysis of it in a couple of weeks time. ;-)
As you can see by the title, the report is about the EU, not just the UK.
It was carried out by a consortium of organisations, including the UK Royal
National Institute of the Blind (RNIB)
Only 10% of the EU web sites passed an automated test. When I carried out a
similar test of Australia Government homes pages in 2001, they ALL
I gave the UK Government a blast in 2001 for the poor accessibility of
their web sites, when speaking at a seminar in London organised by RNIB:
RNIB have been more vocal in their criticism of web site accessibility in
the UK, than their Australian equivalents. But I am not sure RNIB have been
more effective than the Australian low key approach.
It was a courageous decision (in "Yes Minister" terms) to have RNIB write
the accessibility report, given their previous criticisms.
ps: I don't know much about accessibility in other EU countries, apart from
giving the EU's Library some advice on web site design over a Belgian beer
in Brussels in 2004 <http://www.tomw.net.au/2004/europe/ch.shtml>.
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