Sunday, January 29, 2006

Logo Claims about Website Accessibility bely Reality

The presence of an accessibility statement or logo on a website does not necessarily give an accurate picture of that website’s accessibility, according to research conducted by Helen Petrie, Director of Research at London-based user experience consultancy Designed for All.

The research found that out of 500 websites, 40 (8%) had an accessibility statement or logo. However, when 20 of these 40 'accessible' sites were inspected only 6 passed basic accessibility tests. Indeed, 6 other sites were found to be making claims about accessibility conformance beyond what they actually achieved. Only 30% of the 'accessible' sites examined in the research were making accurate claims about accessibility.

'A company’s accessibility statement is a reflection of its values towards disabled people. People’s trust will be affected if a company makes a public statement that is not reflected in how it actually behaves,' suggested Petrie."   continued ...   (Via Usability News)

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