[LINK] ACT Open Government Web Page Failed Web Tests

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Thu Oct 27 08:37:24 AEDT 2011

The ACT Government invited citizens to test their new Open Government 
website: http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/open_government

The home page failed an automated web accessibility test (TAW W3C Web 
Content Accessibility Guidelines WCAG 1.0), with four Priority 1 and two 
priority 2 problems: http://www.tawdis.net/ingles.html

One of the Linkers contacted me and point out I was using the old 
version of WCAG. So I re-ran the test with the newer WCAG 2.0. The 
automated TAW test reported 13 Problems in 4 success criteria:

* Perceivable 3
* Operable 9
* Understandable 0
* Robust 1

The page also failed a W3C Markup Validation Service test, with 11 

The page scored 0 out of 100 on the W3C mobileOK Checker, with 2 
critical, 3 severe1 medium and 5 low failures: 

I suggest the ACT Government needs to improve the quality of its web 
pages. These errors make it less likely that the page will work well for 
a wide range of devices and people.

The ACT Government is required to comply with the requirements of the 
Disability Discrimination Act 1992. Failing to provide access to 
services on-line for those with a disability is unlawful: 

ps: I posted a comment on this to the ACT Government's Time To Talk 
discussion forum (my comments is "... awaiting approval"): 

Tom Worthington FACS CP, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617, Australia  http://www.tomw.net.au
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards 

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Research School of Computer Science,
Australian National University http://cs.anu.edu.au/courses/COMP7310/

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