Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Australian eCensus 2011

The 2011 Census forms arrived with a code for the eCensus. At, there was a link to both an accessible version designed for screen reader devices and a standard version.

The e-Census was introduced at the 2006 Census, when I provided a detailed analysis of the "eCensus: Australian Bureau of Statistics Web Based Population Census Form". A quick check of the eCensus web page for 2011, shows the XHTML 1.0 Transitional code has one validation error:
Line 31, Column 142: there is no attribute "autocomplete"
…lcomeForm" method="post" autocomplete="off" onsubmit="return openKiosk(this.ta…
It took 15 minutes to fill in the on-line form (which is reasonable), with no difficulties encountered.

One question was about use of the Internet:

Question 59 Can the internet be accessed at this dwelling?

  • Include any internet service regardless of whether or not paid for by the household.
  • If more than one type of connection in dwelling, select the most frequently used type.
  • For more information, see the Census Guide or press the Information Button for this question.

An amazing amount of effort goes into designing even such a simple looking question. I attended the 2007 ABS ICT Reference Group meeting where this question was discussed.

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