Content Defects

This category includes problems that affect navigation within the website, such as broken links and anchors, and links to local files.

Broken Links
Research indicates that broken links are the top reason visitors leave a website. They can frustrate a user to the point where they leave the site in favor of another.

Broken Anchors
Anchors provide simple navigation through hyperlinks within pages and between pages. When you link to a web page, the browser opens the linked page at the beginning. However, you may want to link to a topic within the web page. This is achieved by linking to an anchor on the target page. Therefore, an anchor is a marked location other than the top of the target web page. Anchors are often used to navigate through long web pages, such as a table of contents.

Links to Local Files
If the web page contains links that point to files on your local server, users accessing your website from outside the network will not be able to view these pages; they appear as broken links.

Spelling Errors
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Page Content

Style Sheets
The use of style sheets can also help your organization adhere to corporate standards. However, style sheets can be an aid and a barrier to accessibility. Many browsers do not support or may be configured to ignore style sheets. Some styles used on websites, such as BLINK or low-contrast color schemes, result in poor accessibility.

This is a graphical catalog of images used on the web page. You can review the images, identifying those that need to be updated or removed. It can also help you ensure that corporate standards, such as color scheme or the use of logos, are maintained.

Server-side Image Maps
This is a graphical catalog of the server-side image maps used on the web page.

Server side image maps are those for which the map information, or the coordinates of the clickable area, is stored on the web server. In comparison, client side image maps are those for which the map information is loaded with the image when a visitor accesses your web page. Images maps can be an accessibility issue because, under web accessibility guidelines, assistive devices can read URLs in client-side image maps, but not in server-side image maps.

Inline Multimedia Elements
This is a listing of the multimedia elements on used on the web page.

Multimedia files can be barriers to accessibility since some users may not be able to see video or flash files, or hear any audio files on your website. A text equivalent or subtitles must be provided to ensure that all users can access the information, regardless of the format. When website navigation is provided within the multimedia, alternative links must be provided to ensure visitors using assistive devices have full access to the website.

Metadata Summary

Title metatags are used by all search engines and, in most cases, are heavily weighted when determining the relevancy of a document in a search. Accurate and unique title tags lead to better search results. Better search results mean a better user experience. Also, many search engines use the title as the displayed link (as opposed to the URL). Duplicate titles can have a major impact on a web page’s search ranking and appearance in the search results list, and can lead to confusing results.

Author metatags are used to identify who created the web page. This information can be useful in determining the individual responsible for correcting any errors on the web page.

Description metadata is an important source of information for both a search engine index and how a page is described in the search results. The indexed information for a web page determines the page’s relevance to specific search terms, which in turn determine where the page is presented in the search results. In addition to a high ranking, it is critical to have a clear description of what the web page contains. Without a description tag the web page owner has no control over the description that a search engine user is presented with by the search engine.

Keyword metadata is an important source of information for a search engine index. The indexed information for a web page determines the relevance of a page to specific search terms, which in turn determine where the page is presented in the search results.

All Metadata
All metadata elements, and the corresponding values, used on the web page are listed. You can review this list to ensure that any tagging standards are adhered to.


File Size
This is the size of the file, in kilobytes.

Total Download Size
This is the total download size of the current page, defined as the sum of all objects on the page, including text, images, style sheets, and embedded multimedia objects, and the amount of time it would take to transmit that data over a 56.6 connection.

This information is useful for identifying files that may take too long to download or take up a lot of space on your web server. Studies show that users will not wait longer than 10 seconds for a page to load before leaving the site.

File (MIME) Type
MIME type is defined by as follows:

“MIME (Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Extensions) is an extension of the original Internet e-mail protocol that lets people use the protocol to exchange different kinds of data files on the Internet: audio, video, images, application programs, and other kinds, as well as the ASCII text handled in the original protocol, the Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP). In 1991, Nathan Borenstein of Bellcore proposed to the IETF that SMTP be extended so that Internet (but mainly Web) clients and servers could recognize and handle other kinds of data than ASCII text. As a result, new file types were added to `mail’ as a supported Internet Protocol file type.

Servers insert the MIME header at the beginning of any Web transmission. Clients use this header to select an appropriate `player’ application for the type of data the header indicates. Some of these players are built into the Web client or browser (for example, all browsers come with GIF and JPEG image players as well as the ability to handle HTML files); other players may need to be downloaded.”

This information is useful if you need to identify files that do not conform to corporate standards or could cause problems with respect to searchability or accessibility.

Last Updated
If the web server has set a date and time that the page was last updated, it is displayed along with the age of the page. If the web server has not set a date and time, “Date and time of last update not available” is displayed.

Clickstream Information
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Number of Page Exits
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