UKOLN NetMechanic Analyses of the Shortlist for 2001 SPIN-SOCITM Website Awards



This page provides access to the NetMechanic service which reports on broken links, HTML compliance and page size.

This data was collected to support a paper on Automated Benchmarking Of Local Government Web Sites.

Table 1: Entry Point of Short-listed Web Sites

England

Scotland

Wales

Northern Ireland

L B Brent Dumfries & Galloway Council Cardiff CC Antrim BC
L B Camden Dundee City Council Ceredigion CC Armagh DC
L B Richmond East Renfrewshire Council Isle of Anglesey CC Belfast City Council
Tameside MBC Moray Council Wrexham CBC Newtownabbey BC
Wokingham Council West Lothian Council    

Summary

The following information was recorded on 30 July 2001.

Table 2: NetMechanic Analyses of Short-listed Web Sites
Site Analyse Broken Links (of first 25 checked) HTML Browser Compatibility File Size (b) Size of Graphics (b) Nos. of Graphics
L B Brent Go 0 bad links * 59 errors 2 problems 41,850 26,012 22
L B Camden Go 0 bad links * 18 errors 12 problems 60,763 26,732 44
LB Richmond Go 0 bad links * 1 errors 1 problems 18,018 $ 0 $ 1 $
Tameside MBC Go 0 bad links * 39 errors 7 problems 110,970 74,682 14
Wokingham Council Go 0 bad links 4 errors 1 problems 32,242 24,537 4
Dumfries & Galloway Council Go 0 bad links 12 errors 0 problems 59,144 54,290 13
Dundee City Council (framed site with splash screen) + Go 0 (0,0,0) bad links 4 (1,3,0) errors 2 (1,1,0) problems 32,361+ (32,361, 28,522, 1,646) X 7,833+ (7,833, 7,833, 0) X 19+ (19, 19, 1) X
East Renfrewshire Council (splash screen) + Go 1 bad links 4 errors 5 problems 22,919 0 1
Moray Council Go 0 bad links 24 errors 1 problems 44633 40,051 3
West Lothian Council (framed site) + Go 0 (0,0,0,0,0) bad links 19 (2,9,3,1,4) errors 11 (2,2,3,0,4) problems 32.77 (5.18, 4.72, 10.48, 9.72, 2.68) secs $    
Cardiff CC Go 0 bad links 2 errors 2 problems 45,419 39,973 5
Ceredigion CC Go 0 bad links 33 errors 3 problems 45,433 34,735 5
Isle of Anglesey CC Go 0 bad links 2 errors 2 problems 45,419 39,973 5
Wrexham CBC Go 0 bad links 5 errors 4 problems 18,570 5,560 4
Antrim BC Go 0 bad links 2 errors 0 problems 88,241 84,385 24
Armagh DC Go 0 bad links * 4 errors 4 problems 86,045 72,592 35
Belfast City Council Go 0 bad links * 10 errors 3 problems 153,908 127,578 24
Newtownabbey BC Go 0 bad links 2 errors 2 problems 107,378 100,700 16

Notes

* Only first 25 links checked
+ Overall total given plus details for individual frames listed.
$ Some images and other resources not analysed due to Robot Exclusion Protocol.
Contains frames and redirect. Information invalid due to analysis of redirects.
Resources may be counted twice.

Why Is This Information Useful?

This survey can give indications of the quality of the organisation's home page.

How Can This Information Be Misinterpreted?

Initially the Load Time was recorded. However this was replaced by the file size as the load time is liable to vary due to network loading.

NetMechanic does not analyse the size of resources which is is barred from accessing by the Robot Exclusion Protocol. Although this information is displayed it is not available from the summary totals, and so can easily be missed.

Review

Broken Links

Of the 18 Web sites surveyed, 1 (5.6%) had broken links on the home page

HTML Errors

All the site surveyed appeared to have HTML errors on the home page.

File Size

The largest Web site appeared to be Belfast City Council (153,908 b).