a general term used to describe the degree to which a product, device, service, or environment is available to as many people as possible. Accessibility is often used to focus on people with disabilities or special needs and their right of access to entities

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How to represent a translated formula in an accessible and visually clear way?

I'm working on porting a website copy from old system to new. One item of content has me flummoxed as to what to do with it. It is a mathematical formula, written in english. HOWEVER, it is saved as ...
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Anchor tag accessibility on SO

I noticed this question on SO Meta, and I was curious what the best solution would be. I understand the accessibility concerns, and I would like to see the need met, but I'm not terribly fond of text-...
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Proper Keyboard focus order for dynamic menus

I have a small modal-like pane that appear when a user clicks on or keyboard navigates to special filter input. This pane is full of buttons that indicate how the filter should properly act. While the ...
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Accessibility If the option element contains more than twenty-five (25) select children flag as a violation

for e.g. I have calendar dates drop down which has 31 numeric values listed. In accessibility testing, its shows violation. I have found alternative solution <optgroup label="">, but it's not ...
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Concise description of feature regardless of input device

I'm trying to find a concise way to tell the user that by activating this option he will be able to draw something with just one gesture: whether he is using a mouse or a touch device as primary input ...
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Should off-screen elements be accessible prior to being toggled?

Reading around the web on accessibility is like trying to comprehend the cloud. Too much information, too many opinions, too few real world test cases. Which brings me to my question: Should off-...
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Should non-uniformly updated live regions use the ARIA busy attribute?

I am facing an issue while testing for accessibility. I have used role="alert" for an error message [single level]. Do I need to use aria-busy="true" / aria-atomic="true" / aria-live="polite" <td&...
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Asking for alternative methods of contact for users where phone isn’t appropriate eg. deaf users

During sign up we require that the user gives us a phone number so we can contact them quickly if there is an issue. I am concerned that phone may not be accessible to all our users. I can think of a ...
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What is the difference between data tables & layout tables defining role [closed]

In Accessibility What is the different between Data Tables & Layout Tables. Specially for defining role="presentation". for example <table role="presentation> <table role="...
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Why isn't inclusive design being used as a driver for better overall user experience [closed]

Looking at some of the red dot design award winners from last year, I noticed a particular entry in the communication design category that again highlighted the value of inclusive design in creating a ...
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Designing App Interface for Parkinson's Patients?

I am currently in the process of designing a UI for an app to be utilized by Parkinson's patients. I am struggling to make the interface as intuitive as possible, as of now I have minimized visual ...
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Opened dropdown menu - should I hover over, or push down content?

We're building a web app, to be used on tablet devices predominantly, but desktop too. We have menu items at the top of the page that have children, I've been told that for good accessibility reasons ...
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Are there any laws (in the UK) which require accessibility guidelines to be followed on a website?

Hypothetically speaking, could a company be sued for not meeting accessibility guidelines? I often see sites online which clearly do not - how would this stand up in court? Are guidelines (like the ...
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How to add more columns to data grid keeping it more expressive

If i have a grid view like this and i have to add more columns one as link button and one for notes (text) .the table is full of data how to handle this problem:
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Improve accessibility for hyperlinks - use title or alt or both?

I'm just asking about plain hyperlinks (not images as mentioned in Should html links with images have both title and alt attributes?) I'm considering adding title for hyperlinks. Should I add alt ...
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Are there accessibility guidelines or good-practice standards?

Very novice web-developer here designing a web-site for my new employer (US). I've been asked to ensure the website is accessible to avoid any potential legal issues. I went looking for specs and ...
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How do you differentiate your UI/UX based on high and low context cultures?

I am researching different cultures and what changes consistently across them. One of the things is if the culture is a high or a low context culture. The only piece of information I've found is the ...
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Best practice: <a> or <button> tag? [closed]

I have a section of content that contains the following HTML elements: h4, p, img. Currently, I have that content enclosed in <button> to apply semantic meaning and focus for keyboard only ((...
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How to translate a visual experience to screen reader users

I have a table with selectable rows. I can select only one row. Sighted users can click anywhere in a row to select it. In the context of a website that is as good for blind users and sighted users, ...
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Should a 3-field <select> date input use fieldset for grouping?

I am trying to do the best for usability and accessibility I use fieldset to group input radio-button and checkbox elements. When I have a date input that is actually 3 select dropdown fields, one ...
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Is it good to propose a screen-reader version of my website for blind users

I was wondering if this is a good practice to propose a link visible to screen-reader only at the beginning of my website, that would lead the user to a very simplified and optimised version of my ...
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Should html links with images have both title and alt attributes?

I understand it is generally a best quality practice to have title tags for hyperlinks and alt tags for images. This is good for several reasons: additional information for low bandwidth users, ...
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A UI/UX developer with color-blindness. Good or Bad idea or maybe a challenge?

I'm working as a front-end developer. I used to work on JavaScript technologies. But when it comes to UX and about choosing colors and stuff which I'm not able to understand well due to color ...
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When is it OK to use text as an image?

I'm having a bit of a struggle explaining why we should not use text as an image on a new website build. The design team would like to add a quote pulled from the main content but in order to style ...
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How to make code examples accessible in a document?

I'm creating a MS Word document (and will probably convert it to PDF later on) for a visually impaired programming student. I'm following all the guidelines about text semantics, like correctly using ...
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Button text based on previous button's context

There's a table with a list of files that need to be tagged before uploading. The table might get longer than the page height, so it's scrollable, and above it there are buttons that work on selected ...
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Is a hyperlink opening a dialog confusing to screen readers?

I was recently told that if a link opens the requested content in an HTML dialog instead of navigating to an entirely new page that the link should be converted to a button because people using screen ...
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Accessibility - browser or site?

I'm looking for some kind of authoritative stance on this - imagine the following scenario: A site is striving to meet Level A of the WCAG 2.0 specification. In the header of the site which runs ...
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Icon/message for language switch

I have a site in 6 languages and I want to do something creative and not use flags. Ideally it'd be an icon and message to change language which opens an overlay with all languages available, but say ...
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Expanding design principles and practices to inclusive design from accessibility

Accessibility as a design goal worked well in the past when specific design strategies and practices were implemented to cater for people with special access needs to the content or materials on ...
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Accessibility of in-field labels and help text labels in input forms

Many newer UI interfaces have a preference for input field labels or help texts to be contained within the UI component itself instead of implementing them as separate labels. I was wondering if ...
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Accessibility of disabled placeholders in dropdown

Are there any accessibility implications for disabling a placeholder option in a required dropdown field? <select required> <option value='' disabled>Select an option...</option&...
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Is there a benefit to Mac OSX red/yellow/green title bar buttons being so small? [closed]

In Mac OS X, the red/yellow/green buttons in window title bars are much smaller and closely-spaced compared to other UI elements like toolbar buttons. Making UI elements small makes them harder to ...
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Legal redactions and accessibility

When publishing legal documents in PDF format, where redactions are necessary those words will be blacked out. If these documents were to be produced as an accessible HTML page, how would these ...
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Are smartphones accessible or operable by blind people?

I saw a number of apps on the appStore (e.g. Aipoly) that are aimed at assisting the blind people with object and colour recognition. Before touch screen smartphones I can imagine that the tactile ...
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Small Caps Headings: Accessible or not?

Recommendations on digital accessibility often include avoiding ALL CAPS. There was even a discussion on this site (All capital titles: Good or Bad?), though the focus was not specifically ...
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How to convey the “primary vs. secondary” button for screen reader users

I have an application that needs to be accessible for screen readers. This application uses bold text on primary button to convey information about the "recommended choice" like in the example below ...
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Grouping login/account functionality under a cart icon

I'm working on an commerce platform which needs account functionality | sign in/register | shopping bag/cart - standard stuff for such a website. The stakeholders are very keen to group all of that ...
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When would a user prefer increasing font size vs. zoom/scale?

Browsers and operating systems usually have settings to make pages larger or smaller. This makes computers accessible for some users with low-vision and I've also seen it used temporarily for ...
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How to help blind people feel the other emotion?

My team and I are currently making a program which use camera in the google glass to help blind people 'see' the interlocutor's emotion (happy, sad, angry, disgusted and so on). I need help in case ...
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If the output from a webapp can't be made accessible, is it worth it to make the rest of the webapp accessible?

If I have a webapp that cannot be fully accessible to visually impaired users because the end goal is for a non-accessible animate bitmap canvas to be output, is it worth it to make the rest of the ...
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How to notify of scroll in iframe

For the sake of screen readers such as JAWS, etc. Given a list of navigation options which are a collection of documents and locations within them, when one is selected the iframe will load and/or '...
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How do design a slider for a blind person

My question is related to this post IMHO the user sliding the finger off the screen can easily take the finger to a place where the slider is no longer available. So, they will move their finger back ...
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Best way to tell a user they don't have access to specific action

I'd be interested know people's thoughts and experiences on the cleanest/most professional way to tell a user they don't have access to a particular set of functions. I will have two user groups, ...
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How to provide two options for items in a list, with accessibility for blind users?

I'm developing an Audio book player app for mobile. This app is mostly focused on blind people, so the UI must be comfortable in accessibility mode. For an open book, it shows a list of it's chapters. ...
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Nice elevators patterns for imaginative psychology

For a person that could not see, would it be nice to have different elevator buttons arranged into different patterns, not sure which ones, at all, or not? On one hand, it would make things ...
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Braille standards for shops

Are there any braille standards for shops? For instance, if a blind person enters a supermarket, how do they find a guide that walks them to where the gloves are, how must the gloves be positioned ...
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International\?? Standards for light switches? [duplicate]

Suppose a blind person wanted to know whether a switch (such as a light switch) was on or off (also suppose the switch was vertical. Wouldn't it be natural to think that top (=1), would mean on, and ...
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How do blind people cook?

How can, could, and how do currently blind people cook without burning themselves? I mean, what kind of user interface is good for them? One thing I can think of, is they should have a table that ...
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Colored circles to signify status - a violation of accessibility guidelines?

I'm looking at Google's web-based user interface for managing an enterprise's Chrome devices. Each device's status is represented by a colored circle (see images below). I would have thought that ...