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Accessibility tests of Australian University homepages

From: Tim <dogstar27@optushome.com.au>
Date: Wed, 9 May 2007 13:21:46 +1000
Message-Id: <ef8ad3280380aa8bdec843152310205b@optushome.com.au>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Dear WAI Interest Group,

This is my first post, but I am a bit of an accessibility vetran, a 
political activist even at testing government and educational websites 
for accessibility and then displaying the results for the public to 
see. Any critical comments on my work are most welcome.

I just finished an accessibility test of Australian University 
homepages, some universities have supported my work, others refuse to 
acknowledge me and claim I am being aggressive in these reviews. Is 
there a better way to go about promoting accessibility? Training 
courses seem such a waste of time to me, an excuse for a sandwich 
picnic. Through this page in the last two weeks, I have managed to get 
three Universities to improve their homepages for W3C validity, but not 
much movement yet on accessibility.


64% of Australian Universities passed Priority One WCAG 1.0 
accessibility tests.
11% of Australian Universities passed Priority Three WCAG 1.0 Checlists

In a previous 2006 study comparing the accessibility of government 
sites in the UK USA and Australia, I found that generally UK sites had 
fewer html validation errors and more accessibility features than USA 
or Australian sites.

Study  design
Australian government web site tests
USA sites tested for S.508 compliance
UK sites tested had fewer errors and more accessibility features

Yours Faithfully

Tim Anderson
The Editor
Heretic Press
Email dogstar27@optushome.com
Received on Wednesday, 9 May 2007 03:21:58 UTC

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