WebAIM Blog

Accessibility Lipstick on a Usability Pig

Applying accessibility techniques to an unusable site is like putting lipstick on a pig. No matter how much you apply, it will always be a pig. There are many ways in which a web site might be made inaccessible. Believe me, we’ve seen them all. Occasionally we are asked to conduct an accessibility evaluation on […]

Screen Reader User Survey #5 Results

The results from our most recent Screen Reader User Survey are available at http://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey5/. There was much interesting information provided by 1465 respondents this year. A few notable or surprising items: Screen reader usage on laptops (81% of respondents) now outpaces desktop computer usage (78%). Windows usage continues to decrease, but it is still used […]

Loss Aversion and Web Accessibility

I think we can all agree that the field of web accessibility needs more good data. Many of the arguments we make for “best practices” and guideline development are not based on substantive data. And much of the data that we do have may be fundamentally flawed due to loss aversion. This is an interesting […]

WCAG 2 and Accessibility Support

WCAG 2.0 states that conformance cannot be claimed if the methods and technologies used are not accessibility supported. In other words, the result must be some level of actual accessibility, not merely technical conformance. This is a wonderful requirement for accessibility, but as currently applied to WCAG documentation and process, this causes issues. Definitions WCAG […]

New WebAIM Website

We’re thrilled to reveal an entirely new WebAIM website. The new site, which is the result of much effort, has an updated branding and design and nearly all of the WebAIM content has been updated. This is the most significant site update since WebAIM began in 1999. If you have recommendations or feedback on the […]