Top place goes to Herefordshire Council, gaining the position from Hastings Borough Council (this month’s number 5). Manchester still demonstrating that very poor HTML will manifest itself with performance that is some 1,000 times slower than the top players.

For a copy of the full report please email lgov1105@sitemorse.com

Overview of findings
Top of the league and best site overall was Herefordshire Council (www.herefordshire.gov.uk). At the bottom of the table, representing the poorest site overall was Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council (www.dungannon.gov.uk).

Website Function
15 sites were error free this month. The site with the highest number of error occurrences was West Sussex County Council (www.westsussex.gov.uk) with nearly 5,500.

Website Compliance
Accessibility Compliance – results of automated testing against the mandatory requirements of Priority 1 (A) Accessibility:
196 sites had 0% of pages failing Accessibility A, 338 sites scored less than 10% of pages with failures but 17 sites had more than 99% of pages failing Accessibility A.

Following sites failed the mandatory A tests on every page;
www.babergh-south-suffolk.gov.uk
www.blythvalley.gov.uk
www.dungannon.gov.uk
www.ellesmereport-neston.gov.uk
www.south-ribblebc.gov.uk
www.westsomersetonline.gov.uk

HTML – The sites with the lowest number of warnings [HTML standards compliance within the requirements laid down by W3C and IETF] were Aylesbury Vale District Council (www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk), Clackmannanshire Council (www.clacks.gov.uk) and Thurrock Council (www.thurrock.gov.uk) with 0. Manchester City Council (www.manchester.gov.uk) had the poorest HTML with nearly 1,246,000 failures.

Website Performance
131 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 Woking Borough Council (www.woking.gov.uk); Manchester City Council (www.manchester.gov.uk) had the slowest response time and was 556 times slower than Woking Borough Council.

The site with the fastest download speed was Blackpool Council (www.blackpool.gov.uk); Manchester City Council (www.manchester.gov.uk) had the slowest download speed and was 1,067 times slower than Blackpool Council.

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 8th December 2005