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[Irl-dean] A Comparative Investigation of the Accessibility Levels of Irish Websites

Frank Mulcahy fmulcahy at iol.ie
Mon May 15 09:23:07 IST 2006


Hi Vivienne,

I'd like to get a digital copy if possible as well please.  My contact 
addresses are below.

Frank


Frank Mulcahy,
'Franmar',
2 Castle Village Court,
Celbridge,
Co. Kildare
Ireland

Tel.: +353 (0)1 627 1314
Mobile/Cell Phone: +353 (0)87 2344 934
E-mail: fmulcahy at iol.ie  or
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Colm McBarron" <colm.mcbarron at iqcontent.com>
To: <irl-dean at list.eeng.dcu.ie>
Sent: Monday, May 15, 2006 9:13 AM
Subject: Re: [Irl-dean] A Comparative Investigation of the Accessibility 
Levels of Irish Websites


> Hi Vivienne,
>
> I'd like to get a digital copy if possible as well :)
>
> Colm
>
>
>
> On 14 May 2006, at 16:42, vivienne trulock wrote:
>
>> Hello :)
>>
>> I am printing my dissertation on Tuesday, the topic of which is "A
>> Comparative Investigation of the Accessibility Levels of Irish
>> Websites". If anyone would like a copy please forward your name and
>> address before then, so I know how many to have printed. The abstract
>> is below.
>>
>> Vivienne
>>
>> Abstract
>>
>> The importance of access to the world wide web cannot be
>> underestimated. This is particularly so for those individuals who are
>> disabled in such a way as to render access to traditional media
>> difficult to attain or to use effectively. Online accessibility has
>> recently become a focus of both EU and Irish legislation. A
>> communication from the EU Commission in September 2001, proposed an
>> initiative dedicated to achieving accessibility of both public and
>> private Web sites during the European Year of Disabled, 2003.
>>
>> In 2002, Dr. Barry McMullin carried out the Web Accessibility
>> Reporting Project (WARP), a baseline study of the accessibility of
>> Irish websites (McMullin, 2002). This dissertation uses the same
>> sample of websites and assesses their accessibility and compliance
>> levels in 2005. In addition, the research addresses the limitations of
>> the WARP study by examining the 'manual checks'. Verification by
>> disabled users is also a priority. The research includes building an
>> AAA accessible dynamic website whereby disabled users can comment on
>> and rate the websites which claim to be accessible. The results will
>> be made available as an online resource. The findings of the research
>> are summarised below.
>>
>> Accessibility levels have increased among the 152 sites tested in 2002
>> during the WARP study. This is clearly indicated by the automatic
>> testing compliance results, attained using WebXact online, which have
>> risen from the 2002 levels of 6.3%, 0% and 0% respectively for
>> Compliancy Levels A, AA and AAA to 36.2%, 8.6% and 3.3% in 2005.
>>
>> Further manual checks on the same sites indicate that the actual
>> compliance levels for 2005 are 1.3%, 0% and 0% for A, AA and AAA
>> Compliance Levels respectively. While over a third of web developers
>> know about accessibility (as indicated by the 55 sites which are
>> compliant with the automatic checks at level A), the automatic checks
>> have become the standard, and fully testing the sites against the WCAG
>> 1.0 guidelines is generally not done.
>> Of the sites which claimed accessibility, either by displaying a W3C
>> or Bobby compliance logo, or in text on their accessibility statement
>> page, 60% claimed a higher level than their automatic testing results
>> indicated. When these sites were further manually checked it was found
>> that 100% of sites in the sample claimed a higher level of WCAG
>> compliance than was actually the case.
>>
>> Most sites in the sample were not compliant with the WCAG 1.0 for the
>> entire set of disabilities. However, the concept of 'partial
>> accessibility' was examined by analysing which websites complied with
>> subsets of the guidelines particular to different disabilities.
>>
>> Some disability types fared worse than others, in particular Blind,
>> Mobility Impaired and Cognitively Impaired each had full support from
>> at most 1% of the websites in the study. Other disabilities were
>> better supported, including Partially Sighted, Deaf and hearing
>> impaired, and Colour Blind. Support was available from 11%, 23% and
>> 32% of the websites, respectively.
>>
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