Although British American Tobacco is bottom in a number of tests, accessibility results (4 out of 10) keep it from the bottom slot overall – once again at the bottom of this month’s table, for the second report running is Hilton Group – surprising for a company that talks so much about its online capability.

Top place goes back to Daily Mail General Trust, regaining the position from Rexam plc (this month’s number 8).

Overview of findings
Top of the league and best site overall was Daily Mail General Trust (www.dmgt.co.uk). At the bottom of the table, representing the poorest site overall was Hilton Group PLC (www.hiltongroup.com).

Website Function
6 sites were error free this month. The site with the highest number of error occurrences was British American Tobacco (www.bat.com) with nearly 4,900.

Website Compliance
Accessibility Compliance – results of automated testing against the mandatory requirements of Priority 1 (A) Accessibility:
22 sites had 0% of pages failing Accessibility A, 53 sites scored less than 10% of pages with failures but 6 sites had more than 99% of pages failing Accessibility A.
Following sites failed the mandatory A tests on every page;
www.astrazeneca.com
www.angloamerican.co.uk
www.hammerson.co.uk
www.reuters.com

HTML – The site with the lowest number of warnings [HTML standards compliance within the requirements laid down by W3C and IETF] was Daily Mail General Trust (www.dmgt.co.uk) with 1. British American Tobacco (www.bat.com) had the poorest HTML with more than 38,000 failures.

Website Performance
31 sites passed all basic speed tests, looking at first page download and simulated as being viewed by users with modem [56k] and ADSL [512k] access.
The site with the fastest response time was Compass Group PLC (www.compass-group.com); United Utilities PLC (www.unitedutilities.com) had the slowest response time and was 50 times slower than Compass Group PLC.
The site with the fastest download speed was Man Group PLC (www.mangroupplc.com); United Utilities PLC (www.unitedutilities.com) had the slowest download speed and was 199 times slower than Man group PLC.

The range of tests [Web Accessibility Initiative WAI] that can be completed automatically are limited, 100% compliance with the automated tests does not mean 100% compliance with the requirements.

A copy of the full report is available at no charge please email ftse1105@sitemorse.com

For further information, please contact
Nicholas Le Seelleur
nickles@sitemorse.com
0870 759 3377

Published on: 12:00AM on 23rd November 2005