In conjunction with its move to a tabloid size print format, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper also made changes to its website. I ran some routine tests which showed problems with the web format of the newspaper. However, there is also a mobile SMH website, which scores better on webtests:
- W3C Markup Validation Service: 4 errors (down from 228 on the standard site). None of these errors is serious and are easily fixed.
- W3C mobileOK Checker: Score of 75% (up from zero on the standard site) for mobile friendliness, with zero critical (down from 4), 1 severe (down from 3) , 2 medium (down from3) and 3 low (down from 6) failures. In particular the size of the page has been reduced about 94% (down from 1.5Mbytes to 86Kbytes), which is a boon for those paying for downloads on mobile plans.
- AChecker Accessibility Review (Guidelines: WCAG 2.0 Level AA): 6 Known Problems (down from 29). However, there appears to be no alternative text for the link to the home page and as a result people who can't see the images would have difficulty navigating back from sub-pages to the home page of the site.