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Accessibility

Accessibility is important because if your site is accessible it is easy and satisfying to use for people with disabilities and for those not using the latest and greatest in technology.  In fact, it is easy and satisfying to use for everyone. High accessibility ratings will help you maximise the potential audience who can use your site and conversely low accessibility ratings immediately limit potential audiences.  The accessibility standard used is the Web Accessibility Standard 1.0. Accessibility combined with the Required Government Content criteria make up the Government Web Standards & Recommendations measure.

 
  Website Scores Noted Best Practice
1. Office of the Auditor-General 93.9 Validated code, PDF support, forms tabbing, access keys, URLs
2. Ministry of Women's Affairs 93.5 Cross-browser compatible, alt text, keyboard functionality, tabbing order
3. Creative New Zealand 92.8 Alt tags, PDF markup, style sheets, link-skipping, URLs, document structure
4. Audit New Zealand 92.7 Validated code, PDF support, forms tabbing, access keys, URLs
5. Directory of NZ Libraries 92.1 Formal grammar, non-table layout, forms layout, access keys
6. ACC
91.5 UTF encoding, HTML content, cross-browser compatibility, printable content, relative markup
7. The Treasury 90.0 Reading sequence, keyboard operable, skip links, language description