Top of the league and best company site overall was Rexam PLC ( At the bottom of the table, representing the poorest site overall was Hilton Group PLC (

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Website Function
2 sites were error free. The site with the highest number of error occurrences was British American Tobacco ( with nearly 5,200.

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

22 sites had 0% page failures; 52 sites had less than 10% and 8 of the sites failed Accessibility A and AA on every page.

HTML – The site with the lowest number of warnings [HTML standards compliance within the requirements laid down by W3C and IETF] was Daily Mail & General Trust ( with no failure. British American Tobacco ( had the poorest HTML with nearly 41,000 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.

Sites that failed A and AA accessibility on every page

Sites that had less than 5% level A accessibility compliance and failed every page on AA

Website Performance
34 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 Next Group PLC (; British American Tobacco ( again had the slowest response time and was 752 times slower than Next Group PLC.

The company site with the fastest download speed was Man Group PLC (; British American Tobacco ( again had the slowest download speed and was 288 times slower than Man Group PLC

For further information, please contact;
Nicholas Le Seelleur
0870 759 3300

Published on: 12:00AM on 30th September 2005