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97% of websites fail accessibility minimums, says Nomensa

first_img Howard Lake | 22 December 2006 | News UK Web accessibility agency Nomensa reports that only 3% of websites it has tested in a global study for the United Nations reached minimum accessibility standards.The survey used both manual and automated testing methods to determine how leading websites measured up against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Nomensa looked at the leading website in five different sectors in 20 countries, including its Head of State and leading airline, bank, newspaper and retailer. The study involved 100 websitesThe three websites that did achieve the minimum standards were the German Chancellor’s website, the Spanish Government website, and the British Prime Minister’s website. Advertisement Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 97% of websites fail accessibility minimums, says Nomensacenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis How did so many websites go wrong? Nomensa has listed the key shortfalls identified in the report: * 93% did not provide adequate text descriptions for graphical content, causing problems for visually impaired people; * 73% relied on JavaScript for important functionality, making it impossible for an estimated 10% of Internet users using the Internet to access key information; * 78% used foreground and background colour combinations with poor contrast, making it difficult for people with mild visual conditions, such as colour blindness, to read information; * 98% did not follow industry web standards for the programming code, providing poor foundations for web accessibility; * 97% used fixed units of measurement, preventing people from altering the size of text or comfortably resizing the page so that content can be easily scaled; * 89% failed to use the correct technique for conveying document structure through the use of headings, making page navigation awkward for many visually impaired people; * 87% caused pop-up windows to appear without warning the user, causing disorientation problems for people using screen magnification software.Ninety seven per cent of sites tested failed to meet Priority 1 level as detailed in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. This states: “A website content developer must satisfy this checkpoint. Otherwise, one or more groups will find it impossible to access information in the document. Satisfying this checkpoint is a basic requirement for some groups to be able to use website documents.” About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more