SITE REVIEW WOES
Several recent Site Reviews have involved units that contracted outside vendors to design and code their site. While okay in theory it becomes a nightmare when the vendor has not been apprized of UK's Web Policy and Standards and Guidelines.
Most fail to make a site accessible according to the federal Section 508 Guidelines and state law. This oversight delays a live date while corrections are made to images missing alt tags, tables missing row and column headers, forms missing proper label tags, among other items.
But the most common oversight pertains to the UK Web Policy section on properly identifying the contact person for the site. In part it states:
d. All official Web materials (pages) are required to include:
- The date of the last page update.
- Contact information for the individual(s) or group(s) responsible for the content and production of the pages. Note in cases where the content is managed by one entity and the actual page produced by another, separate contact info should be presented and delineated as such.
These oversights do not occur when the vendor is one officially authorized by UK or one that follows policies and standards set out for all UK web publishers.