WebAIM - Web Accessibility In Mind

WebAIM’s 2012 Year in Review

As 2012 comes to its conclusion, we at WebAIM wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. A new year gives us an opportunity to reflect on the past year and look forward to the future.

WebAIM continued to provide web accessibility services throughout 2012. We provided 100’s of hours of trainings, including hosting three training sessions here in Utah. Our first Advanced Web Accessibility Training session was very popular and was attended by many that had attended previous WebAIM trainings. Our web accessibility evaluation and technical assistance clients ranged from small non-profits to several Fortune 500 corporations. We are encouraged by the quickening pace and increased momentum of accessibility across the web and are happy to be a part of it.

2012 also saw the beta launch of WAVE version 5. Work continues on the beta and we’re currently well underway on WAVE APIs and updated WAVE toolbars.

Here are a few WebAIM fun facts from 2012:

  • 2,531 – Posts to the WebAIM e-mail discussion list, our most active year yet
  • 3,312,000 – Distinct e-mails sent via the discussion list.
  • 59 – Approximate number of computer crashes caused by JAWS
  • 184,000 – WebAIM blog spam comments blocked by our spam filter.
  • 111,000 – Number of airline miles flown by WebAIM staff
  • 366 – Days this year in which Section 508 was still not updated
  • 211 – Countries represented by WebAIM web site visitors
  • 379 – Gigabytes of content downloaded from the WebAIM web site
  • 29% – Browser usage on the WebAIM site for three separate browsers – Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer
  • 1,025,000 – Number of web pages analyzed with the WAVE web accessibility tool, excluding countless millions others by the WAVE toolbar.
  • 2 – Number of children born to WebAIM staff
  • 372 – Approximate number of diapers changed by WebAIM staff and spouses
  • 1,782 – Number of responses to our fourth screen reader user survey

Cyndi, Jon, Tom, Dio, Denise, Paige, Cecily, and I look forward to 2013 as we continue our mission of increasing web accessibility for people with disabilities.


  1. Denis Boudreau

    Cheers to another extraordinary year! You guys are the best.

  2. Pooja

    WebAIM is the Accessibility Bible for me! Still hope to attend your trainings in Utah. Best wishes to the entire WebAIM staff and many more successful year’s for you’ll!

  3. Vivienne Conway

    Thanks all. Your toolbar is really great for both checking web pages and also providing training. In fact, all of your resources are fabulous.

  4. Janice McGuire

    I am a special educator in a school that recently went 1:1 Chromebooks. Can you help me with ideas for accessibility apps in the Chrome store. We are currently using Read&Write, Speak it, Readability. Thank you.

  5. Heinz

    Thanks for 2012 and your useful articles. I am looking forward to follow your blog in 2013.

  6. Cukierski

    Thanks all. Your toolbar is really great for both checking web pages and also providing training.