OVERVIEW OF FINDINGS
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 Principality Building Society (www.principality.co.uk).

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Website Function
2 sites were error free this month and 9 sites had 10 errors or less. The site with the highest number of error was Coventry Building Society (www.coventrybuildingsociety.co.uk) with nearly 1,300.

Website Compliance
Accessibility Compliance – results of automated testing against the mandatory requirements of Priority 1 (A) Accessibility:
Of the sites tested; 4 sites had no page failures, 21 sites scored had 10% or less pages that failed and 3 site’s had in excess of 90% of pages failing. The only site failing both A & AA tests on every page was the British Bankers’ Association
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 71,000 failures.

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 84 times slower than Financial Services Authority.
The site with the fastest download speed was Financial Services Authority (www.fsa.gov.uk); Principality Building Society (www.principality.co.uk) had the slowest download speed and was 31 times slower than Financial Services Authority.

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.

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Published on: 12:00AM on 25th August 2005