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A Survey of Accessibility Errors on Homepages of Official Government Websites. Peter Major (Member of the Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability – DCAD) 4 th Internet Governance Forum 15-18 November, Sharm El Sheik. Outline. Objectives of the survey Resources Methodology used

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A survey of accessibility errors on homepages of official government websites

A Survey of Accessibility Errors on Homepages of Official Government Websites

Peter Major

(Member of the Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability – DCAD)

4th Internet Governance Forum

15-18 November, Sharm El Sheik


Outline
Outline Government Websites

  • Objectives of the survey

  • Resources

  • Methodology used

  • Data sampling and statistics

  • Conclusion


Objectives
Objectives Government Websites

  • Check accessibility compliance of official government websites

  • Restrict survey to websites of signatory countries of UN Convention

  • Check home pages only and with respect to WCAG 1.0

  • Compile statistics

  • Give recommendations based on findings


Resources
Resources Government Websites

Convention, guidelines, recommendations

  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  • Web Access Initiative Guidelines (WAI)

  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0

  • Section 508Evaluation tools

  • WAVE , Cynthiasays Report

  • United Nations Global Audit of Web Accessibility


Methodology
Methodology Government Websites

  • Identify all signatory countries of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (as of 26/09/2009)

  • Find the official websites of signatory countries

  • Check for accessibility errors of home pages, use semi automatic tools: WAVE Cynthiasays

  • Compile statistics for sites of signatory countries


Data sampling
Data Sampling Government Websites

  • UN Convention of the rights of persons with disabilities:144 signatory/ratifying countries (end of September 2009) 136 official government websites

  • Accessibility snapshots of home pages (end of September 2009)

  • 40 European, 38 African, 32 Asia-Pacific and 26 American sites


Statistics world
Statistics – World Government Websites



Statistics europe
Statistics – Europe Government Websites










Conclusion
Conclusion countries of

  • Situation slightly improved since the end of 2006 (publication of United Nations Global Audit of Web Accessibility by Nomensa)

  • 12% of all homepages are error free 23 % with few errors (between 1 and 5)

  • Situation is uneven: best in Europe (30% error free, 25% few errors)

  • Typical errors: missing alt text for an image form label missing or empty empty link, linked image with no alt text


Conclusion cont d
Conclusion (cont’d) countries of

  • Retrofit “legacy” websites and/or

  • Redesign and apply accessibility rules

  • Raising awareness if there is a will – there is a way

  • Important step towards e-government

  • Capacity building/assistance


Contact: Peter Major countries of

Dynamic Coalition on

Accessibility and Disability

[email protected]

+4122 733 72 68

or

[email protected]


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