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Elections sites fail validity test

As I mentioned yesterday, Canada’s in the midst of a federal election so Joe Clark and I (along with some other members of WebStandards.TO) thought it’d be a good idea to see how accessible and valid the five major parties’ sites were.

Not surprisingly, none of the homepages used valid HTML or CSS; most didn’t have a DOCTYPE, and only half had declared their character encoding. As well, although the sites (and the country) are bilingual, only one party (the Greens) had a lang attribute (but it was set to “en” for the French version).

Joe also found that, despite the government’s support of WCAG on its own Web sites, none of the parties trying to form said government met those guidelines with their sites.

One site, for the left-leaning NDP, did have a CSS-based layout.