Overview of findings
Top of the league and best site overall was Skipton Building Society At the bottom of the table, representing the poorest site overall was Investec Bank (UK) Limited.

For a free copy of the full report please email ecbanks1205@sitemorse.com

Website Function
8 sites were error free this month.
www.britannia.co.uk
www.firstdirect.com
www.laiki.com/web/ [The Cyprus Popular Bank Public Company]
www.leedsbuildingsociety.co.uk
www.lloydstsb.com
www.mmbs.co.uk
www.tesco.com/finance/
www.triodos.co.uk

Website Compliance
Accessibility Compliance – results of automated testing against the mandatory requirements of Priority 1 (A) Accessibility:
13 sites had 0% of pages failing accessibility A, 30 sites scored less than 10% of pages with failures but 10 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.islamic-bank.com
www.laiki.com/web/
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 with 4.
The Co-operative Bank PLC 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; Principality Building Society had the slowest response time and was 52 times slower than Financial Services Authority.
The site with the fastest download speed was Direct Line PLC; Marks & Spencer Money had the slowest download speed and was 23 times slower than Direct Line 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.

For further information please contact

Laurence Shaw
press@sitemorse.com
0870 759 3377

Published on: 12:00AM on 8th December 2005