Website accessibility got worse

Dave Rupert made me aware with his tweet

Over the last year websites got **checks notes** LESS accessible?!?1 Jesus, my dudes.

The average website accessibility got worse during the last twelve months!

This is according to the WebAIM annual accessibility analysis of a list of one million homepages. WebAIM, which stands for Web Accessibility In Mind, is a non-profit organization based at the Center for people with Disabilities of the Utah State University.

I quote some lowlights of the report as mentioned on their summary page:

WebAIM provides a Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (WAVE), which is „… a suite of evaluation tools that helps authors make their web content more accessible to individuals with disabilities. WAVE can identify many accessibility and Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) errors, but also facilitates human evaluation of web content.“

I immediately checked my site by using the tool and got hints for improvements.

The accessibility situation also seems to resonate with others. For example, Ethan Marcotte explains his approach of writing an Accessibility Statement for his site.

I like the idea of writing an accessibility statement. I want to focus on accessibility. Writing the statement is an excellent way of making me conscious, and to set a level to reach.