Thursday, May 05, 2005

UK Political Parties fail Accessibility Test, claims Agency

All three leading parties in today's UK General Election have fallen short of British standards in digital accessibility, claims accessibility consultancy Cimex, who called on them to improve their websites ahead of voting to little effect .

'Accessible websites are now a legal requirement under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) so we decided to look at how the political party websites perform in the run up to the election,' says Aspasia Dellaporta, user experience expert at Cimex. 'In the UK there are 10M people with a registered disability, so it doesn’t make sense to exclude a significant part of your voters.'

Although the degree of compliance was varied and all were making some efforts, none of the parties offered websites that were completely accessible to disabled people, despite manifesto promises to take issues of access seriously. (Via Usability News)

W3C - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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