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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

  • Objectives of the survey

  • Resources

  • Methodology used

  • Data sampling and statistics

  • Conclusion


Objectives

Objectives

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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


Accessibility errors on homepages of 136 signatory countries

Accessibility errors on homepages of 136 signatory countries


Statistics europe

Statistics – Europe


Accessibility errors on homepages of 40 european signatory countries

Accessibility errors on homepages of 40 European signatory countries


Statistics africa

Statistics – Africa


Accessibility errors on homepages of 40 african signatory countries

Accessibility errors on homepages of 40 African signatory countries


Statistics asia pacific

Statistics – Asia-Pacific


Accessibility errors on homepages of 32 asia pacific signatory countries

Accessibility errors on homepages of 32 Asia-Pacific signatory countries


Statistics american countries

Statistics – American Countries


Accessibility errors on homepages of 26 american signatory countries

Accessibility errors on homepages of 26 American signatory countries


Accessibility errors on home pages of signatory ratifying countries of the un convention

Accessibility errors on home pages of signatory/ratifying countries ofthe UN Convention


Conclusion

Conclusion

  • 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 emptyempty link, linked image with no alt text


Conclusion cont d

Conclusion (cont’d)

  • 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


A survey of accessibility errors on homepages of official government websites

Contact: Peter Major

Dynamic Coalition on

Accessibility and Disability

[email protected]

+4122 733 72 68

or

[email protected]


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