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AccEase Report on
Political Party Websites 2014

Prepared by

Robyn Hunt & Mike Osborne

AccEase Ltd


All the information, for all the people, all the time.

© Copyright AccEase Ltd 2014 All rights reserved.




1 Executive Summary

1.1 Rationale

Voting and participation in the electoral process is a fundamental human right. With that principle in mind, this report was produced to see how easily people with disability can engage with party political websites. Websites can present barriers to access for people with disabilities if not consciously designed to remove them.

1.2 AccEase

This report was prepared by AccEase Ltd a communications company that focuses on maximising communications reach especially to people with disabilities. AccEase has previously undertaken large-scale assessments of public sector websites.

1.3 Methodology

Ten party political websites were assessed on June 13 2014. Websites are dynamic and may have subsequently changed. The sites were assessed against a number of common web accessibility checkpoints to provide a broad brush view. This report is not a detailed analysis.

1.4 Key Findings

  1. None of the websites appears to have been designed and built with the specific intention of creating a fully accessible website. All of the websites had some elements that would present difficulty to people with disabilities.
  2. None of the websites included an “Accessibility” page to describe any features that a user with disability might use to assist their access.
  3. None of the websites provided clear and useful alternative text (alt text) to all images on their websites.
  4. The main body text of all the websites had sufficient contrast against their backgrounds to be legible for most people. However, navigation elements and other panels did not all have sufficient contrast across all the websites.
  5. Only one site included any New Zealand Sign language video.
  6. Only a few sites included video of any kind, of these some included captions and none transcripts.
  7. Some non-standard coding of links (anchor elements) meant that screen reader users would not be able to navigate these sites fully.
  8. Keyboard-only users were poorly served, one site providing no access at all, others had keyboard traps (can’t tab out of a section). One site provided link highlighting for links in text but not in the menus – the rest provided no highlighting at all.
  9. Over half the sites did not provide an alternative navigation mechanism of breadcrumbs or site map.
  10. Half the sites presented content in a number of formats – text, images and video, with good headings and sub-headings. The other half relied primarily on text to convey their messages; this can be difficult for people with low literacy or reading difficulties.

Overall, people with disabilities would find about half the sites acceptable to use and have difficulties with the other half. Some sites would provide significant barriers to people with specific disabilities and they would probably not persist in trying to access them at all.


2 Introduction

Participation on the political process is a human right in New Zealand. The fundamental level of participation is exercising the right to vote. To vote meaningfully, the participants need access to information about the political parties, their policies and the candidates. In the year 2014, a key source of that information will be via the internet, from the parties’ websites.

The latest survey on disability in New Zealand (The New Zealand Disability Survey 2013 – Statistics New Zealand – published June 2014) finds that 24% of New Zealanders have one or more disability. The bulk of that 24% will be adults eligible to vote as the incidence of disability increases with age. People with disabilities want to participate in the electoral process as much as anyone else. However, the websites can present barriers to people with different types of impairments. These barriers can be minimised by using particular techniques in the design, build and content preparation of the websites.

This report is a brief assessment of the accessibility of the websites of the main political parties. It is not a thorough assessment but an indicative analysis. It is an assessment of a number of factors that impact strongly on disabled users’ ability to access and navigate through the political parties’ websites. 

The purpose of the report is:

  • to understand whether or not political parties have considered web accessibility in the development of their websites
  • identify barriers that could potentially be removed in time for all voters to be able to easily access the website information
  • to raise awareness that communication to the public needs to be designed and managed so it is easily accessible by everyone.

3 About AccEase

AccEase has been involved in making information accessible to all for over ten years.

In that first ten years AccEase has tested hundreds of web sites in the public, private and not for profit sectors. AccEase has conducted three significant cross-government surveys on web accessibility and contributed to the development of international and national web standards.

AccEase has developed and presented training in many different settings on web and information accessibility. AccEase consultants have keynoted at international conferences, reviewed documents and communications material, provided online disability resources and advised on a variety of disability related matters.


4 Methodology

This section briefly describes the process that was used to undertake the assessment and produce this report.

4.1 Sites assessed on Friday 13th June

The assessment of all the sites was completed on Friday the 13th of June 2014. The assessments are a snapshot of the state of the websites at that date.

Websites are in a continual state of change, they may have changed since the assessment date.

4.2 The assessment checkpoints

The following describes the checkpoints used in the assessment and where relevant the related Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) reference number.

4.2.1 Overall Findings

A description of our overall impression of the site’s accessibility and may include specific points of note.

4.2.2 Breadcrumbs / Sitemap

Breadcrumbs assist a user in understanding where they are within the website. A sitemap provides a single page from which a user may prefer to locate the information that they are looking for. (WCAG 2.0 2.4.5)

4.2.3 Hyperlinks visible

Are hyperlinks embedded in the text of the page easily visible? Easily visible means they have a distinct colour and are underlined. (WCAG 2.0 1.4.1)

4.2.4 Syntax

The sites were validated using the online W3C HTML validation tool. The behaviour of pages with valid syntax is more predictable when accessed by assistive technology. (WCAG 2.0 4.1.1)

4.2.5 Headline hierarchy

Navigation within a page and understanding the structure of a page, especially by screen readers, is facilitated by using Headline hierarchy - setting h1,h2,h3 etc elements in a proper hierarchy.  (WCAG 2.0 2.4.10)

4.2.6 Read more

The use of “Read More” links in some cases can be ambiguous to users of visual browsers but it is a significant problem to screen reader users who listen to a list of links and are unable to discern from listening to the link text ( just "Read More") what they will be linking to (WCAG 2.0 2.4.4)

4.2.7 Keyboard only

Some users are unable to access websites using a mouse (blind people or people unable to hold a mouse or hold it steadily). Websites need to be navigable and usable with the use of only a keyboard. (WCAG 2.0 2.1.1 & 2.1.2 & 1.4.1 & 2.4.1)

4.2.8 Colour Contrast

Users with vision impairments find text hard to read if there is insufficient contrast between the text and the text’s background. The text may be content or part of the site navigation.(WCAG 2.0 1.4.3)

4.2.9 Alt text

Images present visual information to site visitors. If the visitor is unable to see the image, then “alt text” associated with the image provides an alternative text way of communicating that visual information. (WCAG 2.0 1.1.1)

4.2.10 NZSL Video

New Zealand Sign Language is an official language of New Zealand. Providing NZSL videos enables Deaf people to access information in their native language. (partially WCAG 2.0 1.2.6)

4.2.11 Video/captions/transcripts

Some users (poor literacy) prefer to get their information by video and spoken word – video can provide that. Where video is used, captions provide the information to deaf viewers and transcripts provide access to users unable to access the video players. (WCAG 2.0 1.2.4 & 1.2.9)

4.2.12 Rich Experience

Does the website provide a range of content styles (text, images, sound, video)? Presenting content in different formats helps people who have difficulty with text-based content.  A common view of accessibility is that it’s all about making a website accessible for blind users and access by screen readers and this can lead to text-heavy sites that are inaccessible for people with poor literacy and reading/learning difficulties.

4.3 Scope

The scope of the assessments was limited to ten registered political parties. These include all parties currently represented in parliament.

5 Overall findings across all the websites

5.1 Overall findings

This section includes findings from the website assessments that did not fit neatly under the assessment checkpoints.

5.1.1 Upper case text

Upper case text was used in a number of sites, predominantly for menus. It can have a stylistic benefit but doesn’t help legibility for low-vision users who get fewer cues about the letters and word shapes when all capitalised.

5.1.2 PDF documents

Some sites had links to documents in PDF format (e.g. Labour Party Policy). PDF format can be inaccessible to screen readers and to low vision users if not marked up properly and need to be downloaded and read in the Acrobat reader not the browser to use the PDF accessibility options.

5.1.3 Unorthodox coding

Some sites have been built with modern uses of HTML/CSS syntax. This includes techniques like avoiding the IMG element and displaying images using "background-image" in CSS. This is fine where the image is indeed a background for cosmetic purposes and conveys no information but if it contains information then some users will have no access to that.

Background images behind blank text that are hyperlinks hide the links from screen readers.

There was unorthodox coding of some sites. For example, the Conservative Party website has few anchor elements. Either Javascript is used to turn text into hyperlinks or "input type=submit" is used for "Read More". Similar coding is in evidence on the Internet Party's News page.

5.1.4 General findings

In general, none of the sites appear to have been constructed with the intention of being accessible to people with disabilities.

Some sites had fewer barriers than the rest - notably the Green Party then Labour Party then National Party.

Colour Contrast between text and background was acceptable across almost all the sites.

Screen reader users would have considerable trouble with some sites as "skip to content" was missing on many of the sites and access to links impossible and little meaningful alt text.

Keyboard only users were not well served by any of the sites with almost no highlighting of the link under focus other than what is provided by the browser.

Only one site had Sign Language video and many sites were text heavy: this does not serve Deaf people well.

5.2 Alt text

In general, alt text was mostly missing for images on the websites. A number of sites use only background images for which adding alt text isn’t possible.

One site had a graph, an excellent way of expressing information especially to visual thinkers but there was no alternative text rendering its information inaccessible to blind users.

5.3 Breadcrumbs / Sitemap

In general, this was dealt with poorly on the websites with half of them having neither breadcrumbs nor a sitemap. Four sites had one or the other and only one site had both.

5.4 Hyperlinks visible

Two websites had clearly discernible hyperlinks in the content text, the rest were not easily seen, mostly because of the absence of underlining. Underlining is generally omitted for stylistic reasons but it comes at the cost of easy inter-page navigation.

5.5 Syntax

Clean HTML syntax helps assistive technology, predominantly screen readers. Only the home page of each site was tested in the validation tool. All of the websites had some errors: the New Zealand First site got close with just two errors.

5.6 Headline hierarchy

This was a mixed bag across the sites; two were good, four were OK (followed the hierarchy in general but with the odd exception) and four were poor with heading elements being used for formatting rather than  to show page structure.

5.7 Read more

Another mixed bag, but one of extremes, as three sites treated the “Read More” links in very elegant fashion. For these three sites, only the “Read More” was visible on screen and the full unambiguous link “Read More about xxx” was available to screen readers.

All of the other sites had “Read More” or “More” for the screen readers apart from one site that didn’t use the anchor element for links, so no links at all were accessible to the screen reader.

5.8 Keyboard only

For keyboard users only there are two key issues; is there a shortcut straight to the content so that screen reader users don’t have to listen to all the navigation, and is the current hyperlink that the user has progressed to with tab key highlighted in some way. Browsers provide some highlighting but it’s usually not very clear.

Some sites had keyboard traps - once you tab into the feature you can't tab out again.

Some sites didn't have links coded as anchor elements so the tab key was unable to be used to access those links.

5.9 Colour Contrast

The Labour Party website had good contrast between text and background throughout. All of the other sites had good contrast in the main text area but had inadequate contrast somewhere on their pages.

Adequate colour contrast is important for older people who tend to be more likely to have poor sight. Parties chasing the senior vote need to make their sites easy to read.

5.10 NZSL Video

New Zealand Sign Language video was only found on the Green Party' website.

5.11 Video/captions

Only four sites had any video. Video can be very helpful for people with low literacy.

Of those that provided video, only two had captioned video and none had transcriptions of the audio text.

5.12 Rich Experience

Some people are visual, some prefer text, impairments may make processing information in particular formats more difficult for some people. Providing information in a range of formats - text, images, video, plain text, short summaries, clear meaningful headings and sub-headings works to ensure that your website communicates with the widest possible range of people.

Four of the party websites - Conservative Party, Green Party, Labour Party and National Party provided information in different formats. The rest predominantly relied on communicating with text.

6 Findings by Website

6.1 Act Party

Home page ACT Party website


6.1.1 Overall Findings

Fairly basic site, few images, some alt text. Overall relatively easy to use – primarily because it’s a basic site and doesn’t provide a rich experience. Constitution was available only in PDF format. There was some Chinese language content offered.

6.1.2 Breadcrumbs / Sitemap

No breadcrumbs, “sitemap” block at bottom of page. Simple site not a lot of content or depth of links.

6.1.3 Hyperlinks visible

There were no hyperlinks embedded in the text of the pages.

6.1.4 Syntax

21 errors found.

6.1.5 Headline hierarchy

Followed heading hierarchy OK.

6.1.6 Read more

Treated elegantly, “Read More” visible on screen and unambiguous link “Read More about Policy” available to screen readers.

6.1.7 Keyboard only

Skip links (skip to content) revealed on first stroke of tab key. However, in general, links in focus were not highlighted in any way.

6.1.8 Colour Contrast

No Issues. The branding colours are kept away from the text area. Text easy to read.

6.1.9 Alt text

There were only a few images on the site, some of these had alt text.

6.1.10 NZSL Video

There was no NZSL video.

6.1.11 Video/captions

There was no video in the site.

6.1.12 Rich Experience

The site is a simple text heavy website that doesn't provide a rich experience.


6.2 Conservative Party

 Home page Conservative Party website


6.2.1 Overall Findings

The site looks fresh and engaging, There are images and text, bullet points, numbered lists which are helpful to a range of users.

However, the site is completely inaccessible to keyboard only users as there are no anchor elements in the HTML coding. This would also impact on screen reader users.

6.2.2    Breadcrumbs / Sitemap

There are neither breadcrumbs nor a sitemap page.

6.2.3    Hyperlinks visible

Yes they are in a different colour but the blue text doesn’t meet the colour contrast standard and there is no underlining until the mouse hovers the link.

6.2.4 Syntax

8 minor errors. While this site technically looked to be compliant, the anchor element was not used which means that hyperlinks are not accessible to screen readers.

6.2.5 Headline hierarchy

None found. Headings were denoted in visual browsers by assigning a heading class to paragraphs used as headings but would be no help to screen reader users.

6.2.6 Read more

Unusual treatment, coded as input fields. They do not appear in the list of links for a screen reader user.

6.2.7 Keyboard only

No access at all – clicking on the tab key didn’t enter the site at all, the site is inaccessible to people who can’t use a mouse.

6.2.8 Colour Contrast

Some headings and “Read More” text were in a pale blue that doesn’t meet the standard.

6.2.9 Alt text

Some alt text on images.

6.2.10                      NZSL Video

None found.

6.2.11                      Video/captions

Yes the site did have video however these did not have captions or transcripts.

6.2.12                      Rich Experience

The site did present a range of content: text, images, video.


6.3 Green Party

Home page Green Party website


6.3.1 Overall Findings

The site uses a range of communication methods; text, images and video.

Some pages, especially in the Policy section, have summary statements at the top of the page in bold text: this is very helpful to people with a wide range of impairments as well as busy people in a hurry.

Some content in PDF but once downloaded was accessible.

Overall, this website presented the least number of barriers to people with disability and was the only site to include New Zealand Sign Language video.

6.3.2 Breadcrumbs / Sitemap

The site has breadcrumbs, a pseudo site map at the bottom of each page and also a discrete sitemap.

6.3.3 Hyperlinks visible

Hyperlinks are distinct from text, however they are in dark green (branding!) and some other links paler green – can cause confusion for people with colour blindness.

6.3.4 Syntax

64 errors from the validator.

6.3.5 Headline hierarchy

Present in the main text body however, could be applied into the footer menu to allow navigation between sections.

6.3.6 Read more

On news pages there are links of just “More”, these are ambiguous to screen reader users.

6.3.7 Keyboard only

No highlight of skip to content links. Good highlighting for links on the body but not for menu and links outside of the body text.

6.3.8 Colour Contrast

Footer menu of pale green on darker green doesn’t meet the standard.

6.3.9 Alt text

There were few images that had alt text.

6.3.10 NZSL Video

The site has some New Zealand Sign Language video.

6.3.11 Video/captions

The site has video and they have captions but no transcripts.

6.3.12 Rich Experience

The site presents content in a number of ways: text, images, video and sound. On some pages the first few lines are in bigger and bolder font which is helpful to low vision users and to all people who are just scanning the pages.


6.4 Internet Party

Home page Internet Party website


6.4.1 Overall Findings

A modern looking website with plenty of tricks that may be confusing to more conservative users or people accessing the site via assistive technology.

Jumping to Google Docs without warning could confuse a screen reader user.

People with disabilities are often high internet users, so they are an audience that the Internet Party may not want to ignore.

The downloadable Action Agenda PDF didn't magnify well in Acrobat (reflow ineffective). White on purple could be difficult to read for some and would be an expensive page to print for most people.

Note: The assessment did not include the Policy Incubator.

6.4.2 Breadcrumbs / Sitemap

Neither provided. A sitemap would be helpful for users who wanted to get directly to policies.

6.4.3 Hyperlinks visible

On the Contacts page the email links look very similar to the sub-headings.

6.4.4 Syntax

4 errors – the best of the group, however unusual coding of links on the News page would provide a difficulty for assistive technology users.

6.4.5 Headline hierarchy

Not used syntactically to show internal page hierarchy, just used for formatting headings.

6.4.6 Read more

Unusual coding means that links aren’t visible to screen readers.

6.4.7 Keyboard only

No highlights, no skip links to content and links to past news items weren’t accessible via the tab key.

6.4.8 Colour Contrast

Mostly OK, but dates were too pale and “Load more” news items were too pale.

6.4.9 Alt text

Images are background images via CSS not using the img element so no alt text possible.

6.4.10 NZSL Video

The candidate selection process speeches had sign language interpreters and the video of the interpreters was loaded separately. However, both sets of videos have since been removed from the site. Other than that there is no NZSL video.

6.4.11 Video/captions

No videos on the website.

6.4.12 Rich Experience

The site is heavily text-based, there were few images and no video.

6.5 Labour

Home page Labour Party website


6.5.1 Overall Findings

The website is reasonably accessible to disabled users. Where the site is weak is in the same areas that most of the other sites are weak too.

The "Read More" is elegantly coded on the Media page but there are other "Click here..." links that are ambiguous on the website.

The default text size is quite small and may present a difficulty to older users.

6.5.2 Breadcrumbs / Sitemap

No discrete sitemap, no breadcrumbs but a pseudo sitemap in the bottom menu.

6.5.3 Hyperlinks visible

Yes, they are red, not underlined which may make then difficult for colour blind users.

6.5.4 Syntax

30 errors, many of the errors from duplicate nodes.

6.5.5 Heading structure and hierarchy

Reasonably good use of headings to show page structure and hierarchy.

6.5.6 ead more

The Media page is elegantly coded – Read More for visual browsers and the full text for screen readers. However, the links in the rotating banner have "Click here for more details..." and there are some "Click here for more" on other pages.

6.5.7 Keyboard only

The skip link to content is not revealed or accessible in a visual browser. Links on the rest of the page are not highlighted under focus.

6.5.8 Colour Contrast

Overall is OK. Links in red may be difficult for colour blind users, underlining would be helpful.

6.5.9 Alt text

No alt text on images. On the upside, the only site to present a graph but there was no explanation of the graphic for low-vision or blind users. Note: These descriptions can help more than just these people as not everyone can read a graph well.

6.5.10 NZSL Video

None on the site.

6.5.11 Video/captions

The site does include video but they do not have captions or transcripts.

6.5.12 Rich Experience

Heading towards a rich xperience with content in text and video. Site has a few images, and a graph – however, let down by no alt text. A fair amount of content supplied in PDF format, some of which is an extension of the site HTML content. The PDF that was downloaded was accessible.


6.6 Mana

Home page Mana Party website


6.6.1 Overall Findings

The site is a simple, straightforward site however there are enough pages to warrant the addition of breadcrumbs and/or a sitemap to aid navigation.

The site does present a few barriers to people with disabilities.

6.6.2 Breadcrumbs / Sitemap


6.6.3 Hyperlinks visible

Yes, they are distinct from the text.

6.6.4 Syntax

10 errors were found.

6.6.5 Heading structure and hierarchy

Reasonably good use of headings to show page structure and hierarchy.

6.6.6 Read more

There are “Click Here” links on the site which are ambiguous to screen reader users.

6.6.7 Keyboard only

No skip links to content or any highlighting of links in focus.

6.6.8 Colour Contrast

The “Help” and “Recent Panui” are a bit faint otherwise all OK.

6.6.9 Alt text

Few images have alt text.

6.6.10 NZSL Video

No sign language videos.

6.6.11 Video/captions

No video.

6.6.12 Rich Experience

Predominantly a text-heavy site, some images.


6.7 Māori Party

Home page Māori Party website


6.7.1 Overall Findings

This site is a simple, straightforward website. Text colour passes the standard but the font is very fine, something more solid may be easier to read.

6.7.2 Breadcrumbs / Sitemap

There are no breadcrumbs or sitemap. A sitemap would be helpful for users who want to go straight to a page and to check if the content they're looking for exists.

6.7.3 Hyperlinks visible

Hyperlinks are red, sometimes bold and sometimes not. They are not underlined.

6.7.4 Syntax

34 errors were found.

6.7.5 Headline hierarchy

Headings are used for formatting not for representing the structure of the page.

6.7.6 Read more

Multiple "Read more" links on pages.

6.7.7 Keyboard only

In Google Chrome, the Facebook widget is a keyboard trap, it works satisfactorily in Firefox and IE though.

There are no skiplinks to jump straight to content.

6.7.8 Colour Contrast

There is adequate contrast between text and background in most parts of the site. However, the font is very fine and may present some difficulties for older readers and those with vision impairments.

6.7.9 Alt text

Images are displayed as background images in CSS making no alt text possible.

6.7.10 NZSL Video

No sign language videos.

6.7.11 Video/captions

There is no video on the site.

6.7.12 Rich Experience

The site is text heavy. There are images but mostly as decoration.


6.8 National

Home page National Party website


6.8.1 Overall Findings

The site presents information using a range of methods. While the text/background contrast is OK for text, there are navigation elements that vision impaired users could struggle with.

However the site can pop new windows without warning when clicking links.

6.8.2 Breadcrumbs / Sitemap

The website does have breadcrumbs but they are set off to the right of the page which is a non-standard position.

There is no sitemap.

6.8.3 Hyperlinks visible

These are not readily visible as they are pale blue and difficult to distinguish from non-link text and they are not underlined, although some are once the mouse hovers over them.

6.8.4 Syntax

10 errors were found.

6.8.5 Headline hierarchy

Headings are used for formatting not for representing the structure of the page.

6.8.6 Read more

No "Read Mores" were found, the titles of the news items were the links to the full item.

6.8.7 Keyboard only

Links are not highlighted as the Tab key progresses through the links.

There are no skiplinks to jump straight to content.

6.8.8 Colour Contrast

Multiple instances of white on pale blue, also pale blue on white that do not have sufficient contrast.

6.8.9 Alt text

Images are displayed as background images using CSS so there is no alt text on images.

6.8.10 NZSL Video

No sign language videos.

6.8.11 Video/captions

The site does include video clips, these have captions but no transcripts.

6.8.12 Rich Experience

The site includes text, images and video.


6.9 New Zealand First

Home page New Zealand First website


6.9.1 Overall Findings

This website is a simple, straightforward website that provides information in text, image and video.

Some content is in PDF, 2014 Election Manifesto, and is an accessible PDF document.

6.9.2 Breadcrumbs / Sitemap

The site has no breadcrumbs but does provide a pseudo sitemap at the bottom of the pages.

6.9.3 Hyperlinks visible

Yes - blue and underlined, although black and underlined on the News page.

6.9.4 Syntax

2 errors found, missing alt attributes.

6.9.5 Headline hierarchy

The site page structure is reflected in the heading hierarchy.

6.9.6 Read more

The "Read More" links are elegantly coded to show only "Read More" in the visual browser but the full text is available to screen readers.

6.9.7 Keyboard only

Links are not highlighted when tabbed to but there is a "Skip to content" and "Skip to navigation" link which are revealed on tabbing to them.

6.9.8 Colour Contrast

Text contrast is OK, but links to social media at bottom of page and in the middle of the home page are too pale.

6.9.9 Alt text

There is minimal alt text applied to the images on the site.

6.9.10 NZSL Video

No sign language videos.

6.9.11 Video/captions

There is video on the site but no captions or transcripts.

6.9.12 Rich Experience

The site has text, images and video.


6.10 United Future

Home page United Future website


6.10.1 Overall Findings

A simple, straightforward site. Text contrast is OK but the left hand menu needs to be darker.

6.10.2 Breadcrumbs / Sitemap

The website has breadcrumbs but no sitemap.

6.10.3 Hyperlinks visible

Hyperlinks are purple and not underlined, even when mouse hovers.

6.10.4 Syntax

13 errors were found.

6.10.5 Headline hierarchy

The headline elements reflect the page structure.

6.10.6 Read more

The site has ambiguous "Read More" links

6.10.7 Keyboard only

There is a "Skip to content" link that is revealed when tabbed to, but links are not highlighted when tabbed to.

6.10.8 Colour Contrast

The body text to background is OK but the left hand menu is too pale.

6.10.9 Alt text

The few images have no alt text.

6.10.10 NZSL Video

No sign language videos.

6.10.11 Video/captions

There is no video on the site.

6.10.12 Rich Experience

The site is predominantly text.

7 Table of Party Websites by Feature


CheckpointACTConservativeGreenInternet PartyLabour
Breadcrumbs / Sitemap No
Simple site
No Both No No
SM at bottom
Hyperlinks visible No links in text No Mostly Yes No
Syntax 21 errors 8 errors minor 64 errors 4 errors 30 errors dup nodes
Headline hierarchy OK None Footer menu could be headings Formatting Good
Read more Elegant Yes More – news pages Invisible links Elegant
Keyboard only

No highlights
Skiplinks revealed on tab 

No keyboard access at all.

Highlights in body text
No skiplinks
Access keys
No highlights
No skiplinks
Past news items not accessible
No highlights
Has skiplinks
Colour Contrast OK Poor headings Footer menu poor Load more, dates poor Good
Alt text Few images,
some alt
Some Mostly missing Background images

None – even for graphs

NZSL Video











Rich Experience No Yes Yes No Vids,images,Yes

Pdf only const, some Chinese

    Expected signed video Text heavy, pdfs with no alts


CheckpointManaMaoriNationalNZ FirstUnited Future
Breadcrumbs / Sitemap No No Yes
No map
SM at bottom
Hyperlinks visible No No No Yes No
Syntax 10 errors 17 errors 10 errors
Pops new windows
2 errors – alts 13 errors
Headline hierarchy OK Formatting Formatting Good OK
Read more Click here Read more None found. Elegant Yes
Keyboard only No highlights
No skiplinks
No highlights
No skiplinks
No highlights
No skiplinks
No highlights
Skiplinks revealed on tab
Some highlights
Skiplinks revealed on tab
Colour Contrast Help Support, Recent Panui Ok Multiple white on pale blue, also pale blue on white Social media Body text OK, but dates, left hand menu and search box too pale.
Alt text Minimal Background images Background images Minimal None
NZSL Video No No No No No
Video/caption NA NA Yes
No trans
No trans
Rich Experience No No Yes Yes No
Remarks   Spidery font Maps with no addresses   Spidery font, hard to read


8 Table of Party Websites by Feature as Good, OK, Poor

This table summarises the assessments into three values:

  • Good - the feature should not present a barrier to people with impairments affected by the feature
  • OK - the feature will present a barrier to some people with impairments but be OK for others affected by the feature
  • Poor -  the feature will present a barrier to most people with impairments affected by the feature


Table of Parties against Checkpoints - as Good, OK, Poor

CheckpointACTConser-vativesGreensInternet PartyLabourManaMaoriNationalNZ FirstUnited Future
Breadcrumbs / Sitemap Poor Poor Good Poor OK Poor Poor OK OK OK
Hyperlinks visible NA Poor Good Good Poor Poor Poor Poor Good OK
Syntax OK Good Poor Good Poor OK Poor OK Good OK
Headline hierarchy OK Poor OK Poor Good OK Poor Poor Good OK
Read more Good Poor Poor Poor Good Poor Poor NA Good Poor
Keyboard only OK Poor OK Poor OK Poor Poor Poor OK OK
Colour Contrast OK Poor OK OK Good OK OK OK OK OK
Alt text OK OK Poor Poor Poor Poor Poor Poor Poor Poor
NZSL Video Poor Poor Good Poor Poor Poor Poor Poor Poor Poor
Video/caption Poor OK Good Poor OK Poor Poor Good OK Poor
Rich Experience Poor Good Good Poor Good Poor Poor Good Good Poor


9 Table of Party Websites by Disability - as Good, OK, Poor

This table addresses the barriers each site presents to people with different disabilities. Each site is assessed and rated into three values:

  • Good - the site presents few barriers to people with the disability. Users with that disability will be able to navigate the site and get the information they want.
  • OK - the site will present some barriers to some people with the disability but be OK for others. Users with the disability may struggle to access the site and its information, some will persist and others not.
  • Poor -  the site will present a number of barriers to most people with the disability. Users with the disability will have difficulty in trying to access the site. 

Table of Party Websites by Disability - as Good, OK, Poor

DisabilityACTConser-vativesGreensInternet PartyLabourManaMaoriNationalNZ FirstUnited Future
Deaf Poor Good Good Poor Good Poor Poor Good Good Poor
(screen reader users) 
Good Poor Good Poor Poor Poor Poor Poor Good OK
Low vision Good Good Poor OK Good Poor Poor OK OK Poor
(keyboard only)
OK Poor OK Poor OK Poor Poor Poor OK OK
Reading Poor Good Good Poor Good Poor Poor Good Good Poor