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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 Approaches To Automated Benchmarking Of Public Sector 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 initially recorded on 30 July 2001. The survey was repeated on 23 April 2002.

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 *
0 bad links *
2 errors
59 errors
2 problems
2 problems
72,849
41,850
49,680
26,012
16
22
L B Camden Go 0 bad links *
0 bad links *
18 errors
18 errors
12 problems
12 problems
69,715
60,763
27,823
26,732
45
44
LB Richmond Go 0 bad links * 12 errors
1 errors
1 problems
1 problems
19,121
18,018 $
0
0 $
1
1 $
Tameside MBC Go 0 bad links *
0 bad links *
41 errors
39 errors
7 problems
7 problems
99,932
110,970
66,479
74,682
1
14
Wokingham Council Go 0 bad links *
0 bad links
8 errors
4 errors
1 problems
1 problems
20,36032,242 12,18524,537 24
Dumfries & Galloway Council Go 0 bad links
0 bad links
0 errors
12 errors
0 problems
0 problems
117
59,144
0
54,290
1
13
Dundee City Council (framed site with splash screen) + Go 0 (0,0,0) bad links
0 (0,0,0) bad links
4 (2, 2, 0) errors
4 (1,3,0) errors
12 (2, 5, 5) problems
2 (1,1,0) problems
(116741, 29800, 84479)
32,361+ (32,361, 28,522, 1,646) X
(82882, 7726, 75156)
7,833+ (7,833, 7,833, 0) X
(27, 19, 8)
19+ (19, 19, 1) X
East Renfrewshire Council (splash screen) + Go 1 bad links
1 bad links
101 errors
4 errors
8 problems
5 problems
147,157
22,919
67,187
0
43
1
Moray Council Go 0 bad links
0 bad links
24 errors
24 errors
1 problems
1 problems
44,994
44,633
40,051
40,051
1
3
West Lothian Council (framed site) + Go 0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 0) bad links
0 (0,0,0,0,0) bad links
19 (2, 9, 3, 1, 4) errors
19 (2,9,3,1,4) errors
11 (2, 2, 3, 0, 4) problems
11 (2,2,3,0,4) problems
32.77 (5.18, 4.72, 10.48, 9.72, 2.68) secs
$
Cardiff CC Go (0, 0, 0) bad links *
0 bad links
(5, 0, 14) errors
2 errors
(5, 0, 5) problems
2 problems
(28,846, 12,484, 15,595)
45,419
(14578, 10555, 4,023)
39,973
(10, 8, 2)
5
Ceredigion CC Go 0 bad links
0 bad links
42 errors
33 errors
3 problems
3 problems
81,309
45,433
70,789
34,735
6
5
Isle of Anglesey CC Go 0
0 bad links
4
2 errors
2
2 problems
46,785
45,419
39,973
39,973
5
5
Wrexham CBC Go 0 bad links
0 bad links
33 errors
5 errors
21 problems
4 problems
31,555
18,570
6,044
5,560
9
4
Antrim BC Go 0 bad links *
0 bad links
3 errors
2 errors
0 problems
0 problems
91,775
88,241
85,998
84,385
25
24
Armagh DC Go 0 bad links *
0 bad links *
4 errors
4 errors
4 problems
4 problems
88,388
86,045
74,524
72,592
36
35
Belfast City Council Go 0 bad links *
0 bad links *
6 errors
10 errors
2 problems
3 problems
48,474
153,908
33,050
127,578
13
24
Newtownabbey BC Go 0 bad links *
0 bad links
20 errors
2 errors
12 problems
2 problems
96,624
107,378
51,302
100,700
19
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 in the initial survey, 1 (5.6%) appeared to have broken links on the home page. The same site appeared to still have a broken link in the second survey. However manual inspection revealed that this link (an image link) did, in fact, work.

HTML Errors

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

File Size

The largest Web site in the initial survey appeared to be Belfast City Council (153,908 b). In the second survey the file size for Belfast appeared to be 48,474 b. The largest Web site in the second survey appeared to be East Renfrewshire Council (147,157 b - up from 22,919 b).

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