This report made a big splash last year. It’s a large chunk of research that shows just how terribly the web does with accessibility. It’s been updated this year and (drumroll…) we got a little worse. I’ll use their blockquote:
The number of errors increased 2.1% between February 2019 and February 2020.
From the choir:
Over the last year websites got **checks notes** LESS accessible?!?1 Jesus, my dudes. https://t.co/zvwb2wQxsH— Dave Rupert (@davatron5000) April 6, 2020
“56% of the 3.4 million form inputs identified were unlabeled.”aw come on— Zach Leatherman (@zachleat) April 6, 2020
I wonder if Chrome (at least) could be more aggressive about this — running an a11y test in the background after load and printing legit console errors on findings. People get v uppity about those, I’ve noticed 🙃. /cc @slightlylate
— Monica (@notwaldorf) April 6, 2020
Last year I wrote about @webaim’s analysis of one million home pages, and how it painted an *incredibly* bleak picture of the web’s accessibility: https://t.co/yLG9poTSMf— Ethan Marcotte (@beep) April 6, 2020
the good news is that were not facing any broad crises in which lots of vulnerable people are more reliant than usual on digita–ahhhhhhhh fuck— Actually, (@eaton) April 6, 2020
#AccessibilityThe WebAIM report is out and its apparently getting worse. Seriously, its about time we start making the web more accessible, people rely now more than even on a lot of online services for security, health, information, etc. https://t.co/7n0zxtUuyZ— St?phanie W. (@WalterStephanie) April 7, 2020
Web accessibility is getting statistically worse. This is going to keep happening – and we’re going to keep being surprised about it – until we get honest about ableism. These cold, hard numbers are a human problem. https://t.co/gplKhUKQLy— E.J. Mason (@codeability) April 7, 2020
Part of me thinks: it’s time for browsers to step up and auto-fix the things they can. But I also think that’s dangerous territory. AMP is a browser vendor’s version of “enough is enough” with poor web performance and I’m not loving how that’s turned out to date. That said, evangelism doesn’t seem to be working.
You can fix your site though. My favorite tool is axe.
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