Flaws on 98 Percent of the Most Visited Websites

Snapshot of the article on print

Accessibility has become close to my heart. So I was happy to publish another article on this topic in the last issue of KATAPULT magazine.

🔖 Read the article on katapult-magazin.de

Fragment on a Study by the Organisation Web Accessibility in Mind

»In February 2020, the non-profit organisation WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind) assessed the accessibility of the one million most visited websites in the world. The results show how inaccessible the web is currently for people with disabilities: 98.1 percent of all home pages have measurable barriers. This is virtually unchanged from the previous year. Examples of shortcomings found include low-contrast text, lack of alternative text for images, and missing captions for form fields.

The study was based on an international standard for accessible web content (WCAG 2). When this standard is met, a website is accessible to people with sensory and motor impairments – among other things, it must be navigable using a keyboard. An automated disability simulator from WebAIM was used for the analysis. The program detects both accessibility barriers and non-compliance with the guidelines. Only about a quarter of all guideline violations are detected automatically. This means that the number of errors is likely to be significantly higher.«

First published in issue 18 of the KATAPULT magazine.

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