European Web Accessibility Ranking

The declaration of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the United Nation has drawn attention to the topic of inclusion worldwide.
Among others, the convention includes:

  • Promote other appropriate forms of assistance and support to persons with disabilities to ensure their access to information;
  • Promote access for persons with disabilities to new information and communications technologies and systems, including the Internet;

This paper presents results from an accessibility evaluation of European governmental web sites, showing that Europe is far from reaching the goal of having all public web sites barrier free within 2010. In fact, 28% of all applied tests discover barriers which causes significant problems for people with special needs.

The evaluation has been carried out using the first fully automatic implementation of the Unified Web Evaluation Methodology. Evaluation of web accessibility is traditionally carried out manually which includes several challenges. In contrast, over approach avoids the usual bias part of manual accessibility evaluation. It further makes it possible for the first time to have a statistically sound comparison of web accessibility between European countries.

Country Ranking List

Accessibility of public web sites in Europe as number of barriers over applied tests ranking from 17% (most accessible) to 38% (least accessible). A dark (red) color means that the contry has inaccessible web sites.   The more inaccessible the web sites within the county the darker (more red) the country is.

Accessibility of public web sites in Europe as number of barriers over applied tests ranking from 17% (most accessible) to 38% (least accessible). A dark (red) color means that the contry has inaccessible web sites. The more inaccessible the web sites within the county the darker (more red) the country is.

European Web Site Scores

Ranking Country Score (Percentage of fail tests)
1 United Kingdom 17%
2 Sweden 20%
3 Czech Republic 21%
4 Netherlands 22%
5 Denmark 23%
6 Ireland 24%
7 Iceland 25%
8 Germany 26%
19 Italy 26%
10 Poland 27%
11 Norway 27%
12 Austria 28%
13 Slovenia 28%
14 Switzerland 29%
15 Portugal 30%
16 France 30%
17 Cyprus 31%
18 Belgium 31%
19 Hungary 32%
20 Luxembourg 34%
21 Romania 34%
22 Spain 35%
23 Bulgaria 38%
Europe Average 28%

This survey has been carried out using the eGovMon tool for measuring accessibility and was first published in Journal of Ph.D. of Papers in Technology and Science, 2008 at Aalborg University as How Accessible is the Public European Web by Morten Goodwin Olsen.

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