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In February 2019, WebAIM conducted an evaluation of the home pages for the top 1,000,000 web sites using the WAVE stand-alone API (with additional tools to collect site technology parameters). While this research focuses only on automatically detectable issues, the results paint a rather dismal picture of the current state of web accessibility.

Some results from the analysis:

  • 97.8% of home pages had detectable WCAG 2 failures
  • Low contrast text, below the WCAG 2 AA thresholds, was the most common accessibility issue detected.
  • 33.6% of all images (12.3 per page on average) had missing alternative text (not counting alt=””).
  • Skipped headings were present on 362,659 home pages (36.3% of all pages). 148,573 home pages (14.9%) had no headings present at all.
  • 24.4% of pages had links with ambiguous link text, such as “click here”, “more”, “continue”, etc.
  • Only 9.6% of home pages had a “skip” link present. However, 14.3% of these pages had skip links that were broken

Read the rest of The WebAIM Million Analysis


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