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Accessibility compliance rates of consumer-oriented Canadian health care Web sites.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16531355     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Vast amounts of consumer-based health care information are widely available on the World Wide Web. However, for some this material is inaccessible due to reliance on specialized computer equipment or software known as assistive technology. These tools, designed for people with sensory, physical, or learning disabilities, act as a median to interpret Web pages in accessible ways. Unfortunately, many websites, including those with health-related content are not designed to accommodate this equipment. No research has yet been published examining the extent of this problem in Canadian consumer-oriented health care sites. The purpose of this study was to investigate the percentage of accessible consumer-based health care websites of Canadian origin. A listing of such sites was randomly sampled for study inclusion. Each was assessed for accessibility based on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 using the validation software Bobby. The results indicated that only about 40% of pages investigated were free of errors in accordance with WCAG 1.0 Priority 1 level. Websites should be constructed in compliance with these standards to better accommodate those using assistive devices.
Laura O'Grady
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical informatics and the Internet in medicine     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1463-9238     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Inform Internet Med     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-13     Completed Date:  2006-07-05     Revised Date:  2006-10-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883495     Medline TA:  Med Inform Internet Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  287-95     Citation Subset:  IM    
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Access to Information*
Consumer Satisfaction
Internet / standards*
Medical Informatics*

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