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Content quality on public university websites

Moderates mispell too

Note: January 30, 2012: has just launched a new website. I will update my links in this article as soon as I can find the old article.

I found a link to this report by in the Accessibility group on LinkedIn this morning regarding a recent review made of the websites of 25 public universities in the United States. The study covers five major aspects of each website including which content management systems were used, how many broken links (per CMS) were discovered, misspellings, common accessibility issues, and the use of platform independent document formats. I was immediately drawn to the statistics on “misspellings” and was not surprised to see that there were an average of 107 misspelling per website. The most common misspellings were: “Oportunities, Technolgy, Accessability, Chemisty, Acquistion, Coodinator, Sustainabilty.”

I decided to do this brief blog on the topic noting in particular the misspelling of the word “accessibility.” It was about then that I noticed that in MY previous blog entry I had misspelled the word “Assistive.”

In all fairness, the spell-checker in my browser does not know how to spell “assistive” either.

C’est la vie.

Read the whole report…

PS: I fixed the other blog entry and am looking for more typos…


Photo credit: Licensed through Creative Commons by akachela

  2 comments for “Content quality on public university websites

  1. Dave
    January 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Entertainingly, it seems that has re-designed in the past week, and left no clue as to where this study is now (although it seems to probably not be on the new site at all). Kind of a do-as-we-say, not-as-we-do situation. 🙂

  2. jeb
    January 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Siteimprove has just upgraded their website and all of the links have changed. Thanks for the heads-up.

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