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Overview of findings
Top of the league and best site overall was Britannia (www.britannia.co.uk). At the bottom of the table, representing the poorest site overall, was Bank of Ireland (www.bankofireland.ie).

Website Compliance
Accessibility Compliance – results of automated testing against the mandatory requirements of Priority 1 (A) Accessibility:

3 sites scored 100%, 20 sites scored 90%+ and 2 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 Britannia (www.britannia.co.uk) with 1. British Bankers Association (www.bba.org.uk) had the poorest HTML with over 70,000 failures.

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.

Website Performance
17 sites passed all basic speed tests, looking at first page download and simulated as being viewed by users with home [56k] and ADSL [512k] access.

The site with the fastest response time was British Bankers Association (www.bba.org.uk); Bank of Ireland (www.bankofireland.ie) had the slowest response time, and was 65 times slower than British Bankers Association.

The site with the fastest download speed was The Bank of England (www.bankofengland.co.uk); Bank of Ireland (www.bankofireland.ie) had the slowest download speed and was 39 times slower than The Bank of England.

Website Function
3 sites were error free this month and 7 sites had 10 errors or less. The site with the highest number of error occurrences was Coventry Building Society (www.coventrybuildingsociety.co.uk) with over 1,000.

For a copy of the full report please email bank0305@sitemorse.com

For further inforamtion please contact Graham Jarvis
gjarvis@sitemorse.com 0870 759 3300

Published on: 12:00AM on 23rd March 2005