Top of the league and best site overall was Skipton Building Society (www.skipton.co.uk) taking the position from Britannia Building Society (this month’s number 2). At the bottom of the table, representing the poorest site overall was Investec Bank (UK) Limited (www.investec.com/unitedkingdom).

A former number one on many occasions the Co-operative has dropped to 59th place, this month is the site with the poorest website code with nearly 35,000 failures.

Website Function
8 sites were error free this month (listed below), a total of 27 sites had less than 10 errors.
www.triodos.co.uk
www.tesco.com/finance/
www.newcastle.co.uk
www.lloydstsb.com
www.leedsbuildingsociety.co.uk
www.islamic-bank.com
www.firstdirect.com
www.britannia.co.uk

Website Compliance
Accessibility Compliance – results of automated testing against the mandatory requirements of Priority 1 (A) Accessibility:

12 sites had 0% of pages failing accessibility A, 31 sites had less than 10% of pages with failures but 12 sites had more than 99% of pages failing accessibility A.

Following sites failed the mandatory A tests on every page;
www.bankofcyprus.co.uk
www.bankofengland.co.uk
www.citibank.com/uk
www.egg.com
www.investec.com/unitedkingdom
www.islamic-bank.com
www.laiki.com/
www.leek-united.co.uk
www.theuniversal.co.uk
www.triodos.co.uk

HTML – The site with the lowest number of warnings [HTML standards compliance within the requirements laid down by W3C and IETF] was HFC Bank (www.hfcbank.co.uk) with 4. The Co-operative Bank PLC (www.co-operativebank.co.uk) had the poorest HTML with nearly 35,000 failures.

Website Performance
27 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 Financial Services Authority (www.fsa.gov.uk); Principality Building Society (www.principality.co.uk) had the slowest response time and was 32 times slower than Financial Services Authority.

The site with the fastest download speed was ING Direct UK (www.ingdirect.co.uk); Principality Building Society (www.principality.co.uk) had the slowest download speed and was 24 times slower than ING Direct UK.

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.

For a copy of the full report, please email banks1105@sitemorse.com (no charge for the report)

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

Published on: 12:00AM on 22nd November 2005