As posted in response to Dizzy's comment on his site:"It is important to note that the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, in many cases, need interpretation and are not exact rules. Although automatic tools can highlight areas for consideration, they cannot determine the accessibility of a web site."Different validators assess the performance of web sites against the guidelines differently. Although some of the validators at http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/tools/complete give the Women Liberal Democrats (and our other sites) a level 2 pass, it's fair to say (and we hadn't seen it until it was pointed out) that Watchfire does not."Watchfire fails the site based on one specific guideline on the use of "relative" and not "absolute" sizes. This guideline is not an outright ban on absolute sizes but requires manual testing in a variety of browsers to ensure accessibility is not impaired by them. We have performed some of these tests and are confident our sites pass this check. We believe, in a very few instances, use of relative sizes would adversely affect accessibility."However we have not retested the sites following significant recent development and will now perform a full audit. As this is a manual process it is not an insignificant task, but we hope to complete it within a month."In the meantime we will only display WAI-A (level 1) accessibility badging on our sites."Tim PraterPrater Raines Partners - www.prai.co.ukSupplier of the Women Lib Dems web site"Hope that helps!
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