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Nomensa Accessibility Study into FTSE 100 Websites makes Disappointing Reading (26 Jan 2004)
Only, 1% of sites used valid code to create web documents. 'Overwhelming proportions of sites are not constructed using valid code and consequently fail a Priority 2 checkpoint under the WCAG. It is a requirement for Double-A conformance that all web pages should be constructed using code that conforms to formal specifications and grammars. The stark fact is that the use of non-valid code creates potential problems for every user on the Web. Each of the wide variety of browsers on the market will interpret the page in a different manner which may lead to an inconsistent display of the page. This problem becomes exponentially worse, when adaptive technologies enter the equation.'
* 89% of sites failed to achieve the most basic level of accessibility. 'With only 11% achieving Level AA conformance against the WCAG and a total absence of Level AAA passes throughout the review, the overall standard of accessibility is deeply inadequate. Many of the FTSE 100 have a long way to go in providing a public facing web site that supports a diverse range of people with some form of disability.'
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