Top place this month goes to Central Office of Information, gaining the position from Child Support Agency (this month’s number 2). Once again the DTI is at the bottom.

For a copy of the full report please email cgov1105@sitemorse.com

This month the railways regulator provides the slowest response… no comments relating to train times here… www.disability.gov.uk scores well overall now in the top 10 – but considering what the site is about it should score better than 6 out of 10 for accessibility.

Website Function
2 sites were error free this month. The site with the highest number of error occurrences was The Invest to Save Budget (www.isb.gov.uk) with nearly 1,500.

Website Compliance
Accessibility Compliance – results of automated testing against the mandatory requirements of Priority 1 (A) Accessibility:
25 sites had 0% of pages failing Accessibility A, 48 sites scored less than 10% of pages with failures but 7 sites had more than 99% of pages failing Accessibility A.

Following sites failed the mandatory A tests on every page;
www.ecgd.gov.uk
www.isb.gov.uk
www.ogcbuyingsolutions.gov.uk
www.statistics.gov.uk
www.walesoffice.gov.uk

HTML – The site with the lowest number of warnings [HTML standards compliance within the requirements laid down by W3C and IETF] was Local e-Gov (www.localegov.gov.uk), with 11. UK Trade & Investment (www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk) had the poorest HTML with more than 12,300 failures.

Website Performance
37 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); Office of Rail Regulation (www.rail-reg.gov.uk) had the slowest response time and was 50 times slower than Financial Services Authority.

The site with the fastest download speed was Healthcare Commission (www.healthcarecommission.org.uk); Jobcentre Plus (www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk) had the slowest download speed and was 91 times slower than Healthcare Commission.

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 further information please contact

Laurence Shaw
press@sitemorse.com
0870 759 3377

Published on: 12:00AM on 7th December 2005