Top of the league and best site overall was Britannia Building Society (www.britannia.co.uk). At the bottom of the table, representing the poorest site overall was Investec Bank (UK) Limited.

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Website Function
4 sites were error free this month and 22 sites had 10 errors or less. The site with the highest number of error occurrences was Principality Building Society (www.principality.co.uk).

Website Compliance
Accessibility Compliance – results of automated testing against the mandatory requirements of Priority 1 (A) Accessibility: 10 sites scored had no page failures, 32 sites pages had less than 10% fail with 10 sites having more than 99% of pages failing.

HTML – the site with the lowest number of warnings [HTML standards compliance within the requirements laid down by W3C and IETF] was HFC Bank (www.hfcbank.co.uk) with 4. British Bankers’ Association (www.bba.org.uk) had the poorest HTML with nearly 69,000 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
13 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 (www.fsa.gov.uk); Principality Building Society (www.principality.co.uk) had the slowest response time and was 65 times slower than Financial Services Authority.

The site with the fastest download speed was Arbuthnot Banking Group PLC (www.arbuthnot.co.uk); Lloyds TSB Bank PLC (www.lloydstsb.com) had the slowest download speed and was 47 times slower.

For further information, please contact Nicholas Le Seelleur, 0870 759 3377
nickles@sitemorse.com

Published on: 12:00AM on 22nd September 2005