September shows great improvements, with a reduction in the number of sites failing accessibility tests along with an increase in the number of sites that were error free – only one significant let down was Manchester which had a record breaking HTML compliance failures (also bottom of the rankings for performance tests).

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Thurrock Council at is still at the top for. Its MorseMark of 9.757, up from 9.433 in August, breaks its own previous record as the highest scoring government site since testing began. Clackmannanshire Council’s site at, which dropped out of the top ten last month, climbs up to second. New to the top ten is, which climbs up 61 places and records a MorseMark of 8.206, up from 6.505 last month. Also entering the top ten is and

Falling out of the top ten are,, and

High climbers
The highest climber in September is the Council of the Isles of Scilly’s site at, which moves up a massive 373 places to 16 overall. The site, which was error free during the testing period, scores a MorseMark of 8.00, up from 2.323 last month. Slight improvements in eGMS and second level Accessibility (AA) should see a rise into the top ten soon. Among the other high climbers are, which moves up 219 places to 35; up 224 places to 179; up 208 places to 142; up 183 places to 20

Bottom ten
Tied to the foot of the table are and - the only sites to score a MorseMark of zero in September. Dropping 147 places from 306 to 453 is Moving out of the bottom ten and up 176 places to 280 is, with also moving out of the bottom ten with a slight MorseMark improvement. The bottom ten combined MorseMark score for September is 2.995, up slightly from last month’s 2.947

Errors & Warnings
A record number of sites (22) were error free in September, up from 13 in August, with the highest number of error occurrences recorded by (6710). Five sites reported zero warnings, with recording the highest (721010). This site also recorded the slowest response times and download speeds.

Accessibility & eGMS*
Accessibility (A), (AA) and eGMS columns show the percentage of tested pages that fail. September sees an improvement in accessibility, with 177 sites having no page failures for the automated tests (A), representing 38 percent of the total sites tested. Second level (AA) automated tests showed no page failures for,,, and 61 sites passed eGMS tests, up from 53 last month

Six sites were excluded during the September testing period -,,,, and

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Published on: 12:00AM on 26th September 2005