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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
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 empty empty 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
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Contact: Peter Major

Dynamic Coalition on

Accessibility and Disability

[email protected]

+4122 733 72 68

or

[email protected]

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