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 thurrock.gov 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 clacks.gov, which dropped out of the top ten last month, climbs up to second. New to the top ten is portsmouth.gov, which climbs up 61 places and records a MorseMark of 8.206, up from 6.505 last month. Also entering the top ten is lewes.gov and dorsetforyou.com.

Falling out of the top ten are herefordshire.gov, tauntondeane.gov, redbridge.gov and barkingdagenham.gov.

High climbers
The highest climber in September is the Council of the Isles of Scilly’s site at scilly.gov, 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 eden.gov, which moves up 219 places to 35; leeds.gov up 224 places to 179; southend.gov up 208 places to 142; wealden.gov up 183 places to 20

Bottom ten
Tied to the foot of the table are dungannon.gov and broadland.gov - the only sites to score a MorseMark of zero in September. Dropping 147 places from 306 to 453 is mole-valley.gov. Moving out of the bottom ten and up 176 places to 280 is copeland.gov, with hynburn-bc.gov 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 credigion.gov (6710). Five sites reported zero warnings, with manchester.gov 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 thurrock.gov, clacks.gov, shepway.gov, barking-dagenham.gov and redbridge.gov. 61 sites passed eGMS tests, up from 53 last month

Excluded
Six sites were excluded during the September testing period - harlow.gov, medway.gov, cravendc.gov, newham.gov, wansbeck.gov and northwarks.gov.

For further information, please contact;
Nicholas Le Seelleur
nickles@sitemorse.com
0870 759 3300

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