[LINK] ACT Open Government Web Page Failed Web Tests

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Fri Oct 28 09:01:51 AEDT 2011

I wrote Thu, 27 Oct 2011 08:37:24 +1100:

> The ACT Government ... Open Government website ...
> http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/open_government ... failed an
> automated web accessibility test ... failed a W3C Markup Validation
> Service test ... scored 0 out of 100 on the W3C mobileOK Checker ...

The ACT Government replied via their Time To Talk discussion forum:

... Thanks tomw. You picked up some things missed in testing. They have
fixed the problems against WCAG 2 level A and working on warnings
requiring human review. 27 October 2011 at 9:42am:

So I reran the tests:

* TAW Automated Test of WCAG 2 Level A: 1 Problem in 1 success criteria
* W3C Markup Validation Service: 8 Errors
* W3C mobileOK Checker: 16%

This is an improvement, particularly with the accessibility. But it is
not clear why there are still HTML validation errors and why the mobile
compatibility is so low.

The page is 219.8KB, with 197.2KB of this images. Most of the space in 
images is taken up with copies of the same shaded blue background, with 
a small icon and a few lines of text over it. Of the 22.6KB for the 
document, about 2 KB is text. Optimizing the images and re-formatting 
would reduce the size of the document and make it easier to use on 
mobile devices.

ps: In comparison Google's home page has 39 HTML errors (due to the 
incorrect coding of the ampersand "&"). It also scores 100% on the 
Mobile test, with a total size of the page of 6KB (document: 3.7KB, 
images: 2.3KB).

Tom Worthington FACS CP, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617, Australia  http://www.tomw.net.au
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