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A Review of Municipal Web sites for Accessibility: a Computer-aided Evaluation Approach

Costin PRIBEANU1, Paul FOGARASSY-NESZLY2
1 I C I Bucharest
(National Institute for R & D in Informatics)

8-10 Averescu Blvd.
011455 Bucharest 1, Romania
pribeanu@ici.ro
2 BAUM Engineering,
8, Str. Traian Moşoiu, Arad 310175, Romania,
pf@baum.ro

Abstract: Although the access to information for disabled people is a priority at the European level, the web accessibility of public web sites is still a problem. The purpose of this paper is to present a preliminary review of municipal web sites in Romania. We took a computer-aided evaluation approach which is based on semi-automatic accessibility evaluation tool. The analysis of results reveals a relatively low web accessibility of municipal web sites and highlights some interesting aspects. Firstly, the web accessibility score computed by counting the accessibility errors is higher on the homepage than on other pages. Secondly, while some developers ignore many accessibility guidelines, there are several websites where some accessibility guidelines are not well understood.

Keywords: Accessibility, usability, heuristic evaluation, municipal web sites.

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Costin PRIBEANU, Paul FOGARASSY-NESZLY, A Review of Municipal Web sites for Accessibility: a Computer-aided Evaluation Approach, Studies in Informatics and Control, ISSN 1220-1766, vol. 20 (3), pp. 265-272, 2011.