Top of the league and best site overall was Next ( At the bottom of the table, representing the poorest site overall, was Diageo (

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Website Function
3 sites were error free this month and 15 sites had 10 errors or less. The site with the highest number of error occurrences was Wolseley ( with over 10,000.

Website Compliance
Accessibility Compliance – results of automated testing against the mandatory requirements of Priority 1 (A) Accessibility: 8 sites scored 100%, 42 sites scored 90%+ and 9 sites achieved a score of less than 1%.
HTML – The site with the lowest number of warnings [HTML standards compliance within the requirements laid down by W3C and IETF] was Daily Mail General Trust ( with 2. Diageo ( had the poorest HTML with over 104,000 failures.

Website Performance
31 sites passed all basic speed tests, looking at first page download and simulated as being viewed by users home [56k] and ADSL [512k] access.
The site with the fastest response time was Emap (; British American Tobacco ( had the slowest response time, and was 162 times slower than Emap.

The site with the fastest download speed was Smith and Nephew (; British American Tobacco ( had the slowest download speed and was 139 times slower than Smith and Nephew.

Following sites were excluded;

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Published on: 12:00AM on 6th April 2005