Public Sector Forums has been chasing the Cabinet Office over accessibility. It says that their "prestigious new 'Customer Service Excellence Standard' website":
- breaches the legal requirements and government standards on accessibility
- ignores the Cabinet Office's own web guidelines
- flouts completely the Central Office of Information's guidance on procuring 'Delivering Inclusive Websites'
- contravenes the PAS 78 'Good Practice for Commissioning Accessible Websites' (which the Cabinet Office contributed to)
Have a look at the navigation -
That's grey text on dark grey background. Very hard to read. There's 'standards' on that, y'know. And above it a breadcrumb trail featuring the faintest grey text.
You couldn't get a clearer example of being - literally - out of touch on what this page calls "Customer Insight. Segmentation. Leadership" when it comes to the web. Find me one successful commercial website using grey text on grey background and I'll snog GB.
If they can't even recognise what's right there in front of their eyes, well. Where do you start?
It, of course, gets worse. Type 'analytics' or 'usability' in the search - nothing.
And the page title is 'Hub' ...
'Leadership'? 'Excellence'? You have got to be jossin' me ...