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Analysis of UK Parliament Web Sites for Disability Accessibility

Kuzma, Joanne and Price, Colin (2009) Analysis of UK Parliament Web Sites for Disability Accessibility. In: 9th European Conference on e-Government, 29-30 June 2009, University of Wesminster, London.

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Abstract

The growth of the Internet has led to an increase in the number of public services offered by U.K. government entities on their Web sites. A variety of consumers use e-government sites, and those individuals with disabilities are guaranteed the same access government sites under the U.K.’s Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) of 1995. This law provides equality in access, and implements penalties for non-adherence to the law. Industry standards also exist which helps site developers to create better site accessibility. However, despite both standards and legal regulations, total openness of sites for people with disabilities is still not widespread. The purpose of this study is to examine the level of accessibility of a randomly selected sample of 130 members of the U.K. House of Commons. Each site was analyzed using an online software tool –Truwex - to determine if they met industry Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) levels 1.0 and 2.0 standards and DDA law. The results showed that the majority of the sites did not meet either guidelines or legal mandates. Many of the sites displayed similar precedents when it came to the types of non-compliance, and could easily improve compliance with minor changes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: accessibility, disability, e-government, WCAG, W3C, U.K. Disability Discrimination Act
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Divisions: Academic Departments > Worcester Business School
Depositing User: Joanne Kuzma
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2009 14:39
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2010 05:00
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/617

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