86% of US University Websites Fail W3C

October 11, 2006

  A test of the top 124 US university websites found that only 17 complied with the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) standards for accessibility to users with disabilities. Visually impaired users must rely on electronic screen readers, screen magnifiers or text-enlarging browser settings, while those with mobility impairments use keyboard shortcuts instead of the mouse.  Accessible websites are also more attractive to search engines. The W3C guidelines are considered the “gold standard,” and are used by Academica Group in its website accessibility and usability audits. (See http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=6639 )