Overview of findings
Top of the league and best site overall was Julian Hodge Bank (scoring 9.54). At the bottom of the table, representing the poorest site overall was again Investec Bank (UK) Limited (scoring 0).

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Front page tests – Performance; 24% of sites, down from last months 42% passed all basic speed tests, looking at first page download and simulated as being viewed by users with modem [56k] and ADSL [512k] access. Metadata; 70% of the sites passed the metadata test for the front page

Website Function
6 (last month 4) sites were error free this month.
• Britannia
• Marks and Spencer
• Julian Hodge Bank
• Citi Bank
• First Direct
• Alliance-Leicester

Website Compliance
Accessibility Compliance – results of automated testing against the mandatory requirements of Priority 1 (A) Accessibility (sites are also tested for AA compliance):
17% sites passed all Accessibility A tests, 42% (last month 45%) sites had less than 10% of pages with failures, 9 sites failed accessibility A and AA on every page;
• Bank of Cyprus
• The Bank of England
• Dunfermline building Society
• Egg.com
• Investec Bank (UK) Limited
• Islamic Bank
• The Cyprus Popular Bank Public Company
• The Universal
• Triodos

HTML – The site with the lowest number of warnings [HTML standards compliance within the requirements laid down by W3C and IETF] was Julian Hodge Bank with 0, Again The Co-operative Bank PLC had the poorest HTML with over 36,000 failures.

Website Performance
The site with the fastest response time was Northern Bank; Investec Bank (UK) Limited had the slowest response time and was 54 times slower than Northern Bank.
The site with the fastest download speed was Skipton; Liverpool Victoria had the slowest download speed and was 14 times slower than Skipton.

Editor’s Note
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Published on: 12:00AM on 8th May 2006