As this year comes to an end, we at WebAIM wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. This is an appropriate time for us to look back at the previous year and also to the future.
In 2010, WebAIM saw many changes. For the first time in our history, we functioned primarily without any grant funding – sustaining the project on WebAIM services and consultation. We consulted with five Fortune 500 companies and many government, non-profit, small business, educational, and other organizations. We saw some staff come and some go. We celebrated the birth of the child of Aaron, one of our software engineers, and Stefanie, a former employee.
We saw the end of Google Wave, yet the original WAVE keeps moving along, processing almost a million web accessibility reports in 2010. And that doesn’t include the countless millions of reports processed by those using the WAVE Firefox toolbar. We’ve very excited about the future of WAVE!
The WebAIM site also saw much activity with millions of page views from visitors in 219 countries. 42% of our site visitors use Firefox. The top search engine phrase that brought people to our site was, for the 5th year running, “Microsoft Word“. Interestingly, 3 of the top 6 search engine phrases have to do with cognitive disabilities.
Our e-mail discussion forum saw its most active year ever, with 2,342 posts to date – that’s over 2.6 million distinct e-mail messages distributed.
WebAIM staff also set a new travel record this year, with over 200,000 airline miles flown – enough to go around the world 8 times. We did this in 106 distinct legs. Considering there are only 8 of us on staff and only 3 of us took more than one trip, we really racked up the frequent flier miles. We provided trainings, presentations, consultations, and other services in Nepal, India (twice), Singapore, the Dominican Republic, and at least 15 U.S. states.
Cyndi, Jon, Aaron, Denise, Dio, Jessie, Kim, and I look forward to continuing our mission of bringing about better web accessibility in 2011.