Top of the league and best site overall was Britannia Building Society ( 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 (

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 ( with 4. British Bankers’ Association ( 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 (; Principality Building Society ( 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 (; Lloyds TSB Bank PLC ( had the slowest download speed and was 47 times slower.

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