Homepage not enough when evaluating web site accessibility

Homepage not enough when evaluating web site accessibility Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to determine if the homepage of a web site is representative of the whole site with respect to accessibility. Design/methodology/approach – The paper presents an intraclass correlation (ICC) between homepage web accessibility barrier (WAB) scores and the WAB scores of web site levels 1 through 3 for 33 popular web sites. Findings – The paper finds that the homepage is not sufficient to detect the accessibility of the web site. ICC of the homepage and average of levels 1‐3 is 0.250 ( p =0.062) and ICC of levels 1, 2, and 3 is 0.784 ( p <0.0001). Evaluating the homepage and first‐level pages gives more accurate results of entire site accessibility. Originality/value – This is first study correlating homepage accessibility with web site accessibility. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Internet Research Emerald Publishing

Homepage not enough when evaluating web site accessibility

Internet Research, Volume 19 (1): 10 – Jan 30, 2009

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2009 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
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1066-2243
DOI
10.1108/10662240910927830
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to determine if the homepage of a web site is representative of the whole site with respect to accessibility. Design/methodology/approach – The paper presents an intraclass correlation (ICC) between homepage web accessibility barrier (WAB) scores and the WAB scores of web site levels 1 through 3 for 33 popular web sites. Findings – The paper finds that the homepage is not sufficient to detect the accessibility of the web site. ICC of the homepage and average of levels 1‐3 is 0.250 ( p =0.062) and ICC of levels 1, 2, and 3 is 0.784 ( p <0.0001). Evaluating the homepage and first‐level pages gives more accurate results of entire site accessibility. Originality/value – This is first study correlating homepage accessibility with web site accessibility.

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Internet ResearchEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 30, 2009

Keywords: Worldwide web; User studies; Disabilities

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