Press Release 24.2.2015
Po­li­ti­cal par­ties ha­ve for­got­ten de­moc­ra­cy on their web­si­tes

The Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired (FFVI) requested Annanpura Ltd. to test the web accessibility of the websites of Finland's eight largest parties. None of the pages met the international standard for web content accessibility. On some pages, there are fundamental problems that, at worst, prevent citizens from accessing the content of the pages.

The Centre Party was rated mediocre, while the Finns Party and the Social Democratic Party's rating was poor. The National Coalition Party, the Christian Democrats, the Swedish People's Party, the Left Alliance and the Greens achieved adequate ratings. None of the sites managed to get an excellent rating.

Each party website had room for improvement in terms of accessibility and usability.
Some problems are significant and would require extensive restructuring, such as the site's main navigation being inaccessible using visual aid technologies.

– If accessibility and usability are taken into consideration right from the start, such problems are easy to avoid, says Ari-Pekka Saarela, Managing Director Annanpura Ltd.

The areas most in need of improvement are colour contrasts and the option to change text size from the browser settings.

Based on the assessment, the websites were given a total rating, which covered technical shortcomings and overall web content accessibility and usability. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were used as the the assessment baseline.

The assessments were made between January 19th and 23rd, 2015.
Annanpura Ltd. is a non-profit distributing company owned by the FFVI , which helps organizations provide accessible web services.

Further information
- Chief of Access to Information Teuvo Heikkonen, Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired: teuvo.heikkonen@nkl.fi
- Managing Director Ari-Pekka Saarela, Annanpura Ltd: ari-pekka.saarela@annanpura.fi
- www.annanpura.fi