Tuesday, November 01, 2011

ACT Legislative Assembly Fails Web Page Tests

Last week I wrote that the ACT Government's new Open Government website had failed a series of automated web tests. The ACT Legislative Assembly IT Manager contacted me to say they have recently commenced a project to upgrade the parliamentary website. This includes accessibility and mobility. After a consultation process, they aim to have the new site in production in twelve months. However, when I reran the tests on the ACT Assembly Home Page, the results were far worse (see appended), than for the previously tested open government website. In my view the ACT Assembly should not wait a year before taking action to correct the errors in its web site. It should at least correct the errors in the home page. This is something which could be greatly improved with just one day's work by a competent professional.

Tests of the ACT Assembly Home Page: http://www.legassembly.act.gov.au/
  1. W3C Markup Validation Service: 174 Errors, 77 warning(s)
  2. W3C mobileOK Checker: 0% Failures per severity: critical 1, severe 6, medium 4, low 7
  3. TAW WCAG 2.0 Analysis level A: 166 Problems in 7 success criteria: Perceivable 61, Operable 2, Understandable 2, Robust 101

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