30 March 2006

UK government web sites fail accessibility tests [BBC]

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UK accessbility
More than half of government and council websites contain errors and cause problems for disabled people, research shows.

Some 60% of UK government websites contain HTML errors, according to a study by the University of Southampton.

A similar proportion do not comply with guidelines created to improve web access, it found.

Adam Field, from the university’s School of Electronics and Computer Science, who conducted the survey, said not complying with these guidelines could prevent some individuals from being able to access the websites.

He also pointed out disabled people were likely to require government services and, therefore, had even more reason to want to use government websites.

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