WAVE is developed and made available as a free community service by WebAIM. Originally launched in 2001, WAVE has been used to evaluate the accessibility of millions of web pages.
WAVE Development Team
- Jared Smith
- Jonathan Whiting
Previous WAVE Developers
- Brock Taylor
- Tom Galloway
- Diogenes Hernandez
- Aaron Andersen
- Leonard Kasday: The originator of the initial concept for WAVE
- Paul Bohman
- Shane Anderson
- Niranjan Maturi
- Balaji Varanasi
- Jimmy Parija
- Developed and administered by WebAIM (Web Accessibility In Mind)
- In memory of Len Kasday, whose ideas first brought this project to light.
- Significant development funding, including initial development of the Dreamweaver Extension and cognitive elements of the WAVE tool, provided in part by a grant funded from the The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education. The contents of this tool do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
- Original development sponsored by Temple University Institute on Disabilities
You may use the WAVE Accessibility Tool online web service or browser extensions to help you determine the accessibility of web content. You must first obtain WebAIM's permission if you want to sell or redistribute WAVE reports or data (e.g. number of WAVE errors, error listings, etc.) derived directly from WAVE, or if you want to modify, copy, license, or create derivative works from WAVE. The use of WAVE or WAVE results/data for any purpose related to a legal action is not allowed without written permission.
Furthermore, you may not use WAVE in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair WAVE reporting services. In other words, excluding API usage, you may not use WAVE in an automated manner or author web spiders or bots that will send URLs or code to WAVE for processing, or automatically save WAVE reports without permission. Additionally, inappropriate content may be flagged and blacklisted from WAVE. WAVE use is closely monitored and abuse will result in permanent IP or content blocking.
This service is being provided "as is", without any express or implied warranty. WAVE's automated reports are generated by software. These machine-generated evaluations of website accessibility are not conclusive. In particular, WebAIM makes no representation or warranty of any kind concerning the reliability, quality, or merchantability of this service or its fitness for any particular purpose. Additionally, WebAIM does not guarantee that use of this service will ensure the accessibility of your web content or that your web content will comply with any specific web accessibility standard or law. You understand and agree that you download and/or use the WAVE service and/or browser extensions at your own discretion and risk and that you will be solely responsible for any damages to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download or use of WAVE.
You acknowledge that WebAIM or third parties own all right, title, and interest in and to the WAVE service and browser extensions, portions thereof, or software provided through or in conjunction with WAVE, including without limitation all Intellectual Property Rights. You agree not to modify, adapt, translate, prepare derivative works from, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, or otherwise attempt to derive source code from WAVE.
WAVE is © 2019 - WebAIM.
By submitting a URL, file, or code to the WAVE server, you agree that content, media, and information contained within the submitted resources may be displayed within the WAVE report shown on the WAVE web site. You may request to have your domain blocked from WAVE access. WebAIM is not liable for content, media, or information presented within WAVE reports. WAVE may not be used to share, present, or disseminate offensive or illegal materials, or used as a proxy for viewing information anonymously.
The WAVE server stores certain non-identifying information about users and WAVE online service reports. URLs submitted to the WAVE server are stored and available only to WebAIM staff. Files and code uploaded to the WAVE server are temporarily stored. Cookies are used to track distinct user sessions, maintain user history, and generally improve the WAVE experience. WAVE functions with client cookies disabled, but clients with cookies disabled are limited in the number of WAVE reports they can process. Information about files, URLs, or any other information regarding individual WAVE reports will never be sold, distributed, or made publicly available. When using the WAVE browser extensions, no information about WAVE reports or the content evaluated is sent to WebAIM. If you are at all concerned about security or privacy, the WAVE browser extensions provide a secure and private method for evaluating your web content.