In the blog post Web Accessibility – The Power of Five, E-Access Bulletin Live reports on a web accessibility study completed by the Society of IT Management (Socitm). The study cites the five most common web accessibility errors, which reportedly make up 76% of all website accessibility failures.
- no alternative text for images
- errors in simple data tables
- errors in complex data tables
- use of features with a lack of accessible alternatives
In a report from the UK, where web accessibility is more widely practiced than in most other countries, 75% of Local web design companies ignore disabled people. Unfortunately, I’m sure that percentage is much higher here in the United States, where accessible web sites are still limited to not much more than some government and education sites.
The United Nations commissioned a report on web accessibility with very disappointing results. Only 3 home pages from 100 web sites achieved Single-A accessibility from the WCAG 1.0 guidelines (the lowest level of web accessibility compliance). The sites were chosen from 20 countries in 5 categories (Travel, Finance, Media, Politics, and Retail).
Also, here’s a blog post about the issue along with a lot of discussion at 456 Berea St: 97% of websites are still inaccessible.
An article from the BBC “Retail websites fail access test” discusses the lack on web accessibility in the largest retail web sites in the United Kingdom.
It was found that 30 of the UK’s most important retail web sites had significant accessibility issues. Here are some findings:
- Only 3 terms and conditions pages achieved basic accessibility standards
- 29 of the 30 web sites do not use shortcut links to enable people to navigate the page without using a mouse
Sixty percent of government web sites fail web accessibility tests. And that’s the UK, which is much more aware and active on web accessibility and web standards that most countries, including the U.S.A. Tests were conducted by the University of Southampton.
BBC Article, Government sites fail web tests