Peter Krantz at Standards-schmandards has a quick look at NZ government websites in relation to
A list of 280 New Zealand government web site links was obtained from the government portal govt.nz. They replied with a list within one hour of my request. This list was fed to my modified local install of the W3C validator.
The validation result details shows that only 16 of 280 web sites use valid HTML. However, there are 30 sites that have 1 to 5 errors indicating a valid template filled with invalid content. Also, there are 49 sites that do not use tables for layout.
It will be interesting to re-validate these sites somewhere in the spring of 2006 to see if there is any change after the deadline for standards compliance has passed.
[Via 456 Berea Street.]
A side note: I spend about 10 hours per week approving and editing content on CommunityNet Aoteaoroa, whose ownership ultimately tracks back to the Department of Internal Affairs. We work within a horrible Microsoft Content Management System which defaults to all kinds of nastiness, but I do what I can to create valid and accessible content within the system.
In 2005 a company called Accease evaluated our site for
Of our eight testers, one rated the site as “excellent”, three “very satisfying”, one as “almost very satisfying” and three as “satisfying”. This is the only site we’ve tested in the 2004/2005 year that received no “poor” or “terrible” ratings. (Our scores range from excellent, through very satisfying, satisfying and poor to terrible.)
Ironically, I’ve just discovered that their report to us is available from our site, but only as a downloadable PDF or Word file. Sigh.