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
|Ranking||Country||Score (Percentage of fail tests)|
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.