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 reference a part of the page that could be below or to the right

I've got a basic contact form (not currently "live"; it won't actually submit), which has a small area of the page as a description of "how to contact us". In this section, I reference the contact ...
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What is the correct tab-indexing for a log-in form with a “forgot password” link?

I have a login form shown below, and I am trying to figure out the correct tabbing for it for the best accessibility and user-experience. This seems like a very common design, but I haven't found a ...
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Do all screens need headings?

Trying to understand a particular element of standards and best-practices. I'm tasked with designing a new dashboard for an internal system (note: SEO is not part of the equation; security ...
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Why did Windows add a pointer trail feature?

So Windows has had, for a while now, a pointer trail feature under the visibility section. But that's something I don't understand. The pointer trail itself is extremely annoying, and seems to me ...
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Link states – should keyboard focus replicate hover or active

I realise that this question may be quite specific CSS-wise, but it feels more like a UX question than a StackOverflow one. My question is should links have a :focus state that replicates their ...
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Is a colour contrast compliant if it passes WCAG but fails the earlier W3C test used on Snook.ca?

There are some colour contrasts that, when checked using a tool like snook.ca, give results like this (testing #003354 and #00D5BD): According to every one of the newer WCAG criteria, this passes. ...
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UX navigation best practices for older adults

Please suggest current resources for designing UX for senior adults. W3C standards documents are about 6 years out of date. With respect to navigation on tablet devices: are menu bars preferred or ...
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Is Markdown for emails effective? [duplicate]

One of the services I run is a simple email service that lets people send emails from their own websites. Because it's only a simple email thing, I didn't want to have to install an email client ...
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Accessibility of linked DOC/DOCX files

I am working on a site where the client wants to provide links to Microsoft Word Doc/Docx files. This is probably a bad idea for a number of reasons but from an accessibility standpoint, is this a ...
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Do older adults prefer white-on-black or black-on-white?

Please suggest current resources for designing UX for senior adults. W3C standards documents are about 6 years out of date. With respect to contrast: white on black, or black on white. [I did an ...
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Why is low contrast between active and inactive window title bars considered a good thing?

It seems like recently, there is a movement toward applications forcing a color scheme on the user as well as using custom-drawn windowing elements, particularly title bars, with very low contrast ...
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Are italics on the web bad for accessibility?

On a current web project, we've received word from the client that we can no longer have any italicized text on the website we are building. When I asked for some reasoning, I was told that "our ...
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Best way to call out important content to screen readers?

We're adding new content to our page that describes the accessibility options available at a destination. The user may make accessibility requests via checkbox inputs (bathroom, hearing-impaired ...
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Is having the number of search results in heading markup accessible

In a recent accessibility report of our application there were some points stating that the number of results should not be in a heading on the page. For example, the markup should be: ...
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How can wiring systems be designed to not rely solely on colour?

Yesterday I was faced with the challenge of replacing the stock radio in my vehicle. The stock radio had broken, and it was time for a new one. As it is, building the proper wiring harness is already ...
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Do screen readers have built in “back to top” functionality?

So on my web application I have a floating button for back to top that's visible to users after they scroll down the page from the top. I was thinking whether I should consider attempting crafting ...
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Omiting label element on self-explanatory form

I have a form that consists of an input box and a button. The button says "Search". For sighted users, it seems that no label element is required for the input box as it is obvious that you enter ...
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Should the spacebar activate tabs?

After you have navigated to an un-opened tab, via the use of the tab key, and it has the focus on the webpage: Should the 'spacebar' keyboard key activate that tab and open it (as well as the default ...
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Color Contrast Tools as part of Website [closed]

Recently, I went to a website that had some color contrast changing tools on it and tried to find them so I could add them to sites we have in development. Obviously, I failed because I am here now ...
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“Right arrow” meaning for blind users

I have a menu with right arrows next to the elements that have child pages under them. The child items are not displayed in the menu, the arrow only indicates to the user that after they navigate to ...
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Best way for date field for visually impaired users

What is the best way for blind users to fill in a date field? The date field is used for dates within the next 3 months. Single texfield: A single textfield with a 'date' text-label and with a ...
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Accessibility of combobox UI widget

I believed ALT+DownArrow is a standard shortcut key to launch the list of options in a combobox field. JAWS however reads To set a value use the arrow keys or type a value when the combobox field gets ...
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Accessible Disabled State

Is there a best practice for disabled/inactive buttons or tabs that meet accessibility color contrast requirements? A greyed out treatment seems to be the most common, however grey on lighter grey ...
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When is it appropriate to add the HTML5 “autofocus” attribute to a page?

For usability it can be useful to autofocus on something like the search input form on a search page. Where the primary purpose of a page is to search or add content, it can be appropriate to assume ...
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Presenting floorplan data accessibly

On a website there is a page which gives details about building including hire data, contact info and other things that can be marked up semantically and accessibly. On the same page there is a large ...
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Can/Should I Label an informational span for screen readers?

I have an informational span, specifically, a span full of stars that represent a rating (star icons that can be filled or unfilled). As is, it shouldn't be visible at all to a screen reader, since ...
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accessibility for non-modal windows in UI

In our application, we have a case, where a page can have multiple non-modal popups. And I am working on making those popups keyboard accessible. Without any accessibility addition: popups and ...
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Is it okay to map the left/right arrow keys to a website's navigation?

When making a site accessible by allowing keyboard navigation is it OK to use the left and right arrow keys to move between columns (in addition to the tab key which traverses all of the column's ...
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People with autism: Sliding divs or show/hide toggle?

I am working on a site where we are designing with an emphasis on accessibility. One of these groups we have in mind is people with autism. We have some forms with radio buttons. Some of the answers ...
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How to make maxlength attribute accessible?

I have a form in which there are a few input fields. For one of the input field I have a length validation, for which I used maxlength="20". The issue here is that the JAWS users don't come to know ...
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Testing web site accessibility for blind

As a sighted person who does not know any blind people, how can I test that a web page will work reasonably on either screen reader or Braille terminal? There is various advice what to use and not ...
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What type of map will be suitable for marking an accurate address

What I am doing: I am working on google maps and the application currently allows user to mark address on the map, then the application saves the coords to database. My question The map currently ...
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Percentage of screen readers users in USA?

"Percentage of screen readers users in USA" : Is there a place where I can find such statistics ? A more global statistic that would still be good too. I came across this page but I could not find ...
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Are textured backgrounds accessible?

The following image is a design that is raising concern over accessibility, due to the presence of a light speckled background texture, and possibly the color contrast between text and background. I ...
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Select vs. Null Placeholder

I'm working on a large data-entry application. I'm wondering what is the better method for displaying drop-down lists where the defaulted value is null. I see a couple of options: Option a) Use a ...
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Does providing screenshots help with documentation manual?

I am documenting the site administrator and content creator roles for my web application which I am working on. The documentation manual walks the readers through how to add, delete, update members, ...
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Is there a standard icon for web accessibility?

The International Symbol of Access is a standard icon for building and parking access for people with disabilities. Has this icon, by itself, gained acceptance as a standard icon for web ...
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How to do a Accessiblity Evaluation for a software tool ? Need good sources to find out more

I have been assigned to do an Accessibility evaluation of a software tool based on section 508 ( Amendment to the Rehabilitation Act). Can anybody provide any good sources where I can find out more ...
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Is it bad practice to use Guillemets (laquo and raquo) on links?

Is it bad practice to use the HTML entities of the guillemets « («) and » (») on links? Originally they're used in many languages like French and Spanish to indicate ...
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Accessibility - Keyboard Focus order - tab directly to form or tab through all elements?

Background info: I'm performing an Accessibility Audit as per the new AODA law in Ontario: http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/source/regs/english/2011/elaws_src_regs_r11191_e.htm#BK15 It follows the ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to silence JAWS?

I'm testing a web application's accessibility with JAWS 15. I don't want JAWS to keep reading when I'm not actively testing something so I have to keep shutting the application down and starting it ...
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Colourblindness in design

I'm doing a little research to see how many people are affected by colourblindness to see if it is useful for our company to put some extra attention into our designs for those who are colourblind. ...
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Does Canadian Accessibility law (AODA) apply to Internal Web Applications? [closed]

I am working on an internal web app for our clients and have come across a request for AODA compliance by my manager. In Ontario, Canada: it is required by law to comply with these guidelines: ...
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How do blind people know where to find Braille signs?

On many occasions I have seen signs, with the equivalent in Braille underneath the text. Which is great. But what baffles me is this: how do blind people know where to find the Braille text? I don't ...
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Why does stackexchange not underline hyperlinks?

I was just reading up on the the visual affordance of links and why its important to have an affordance that something is a link without requiring the user to hover over it.To quote the MSDN ...
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Using justified type on body copy [duplicate]

I feel like I know the answer to this, but how do you feel about justified type when it comes to common ux principles. My gut tells me not to use it, but I'd like a better reason than that. I'm ...
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Performing user studies on blind and other disabled users

I need to perform user studies on a group of blind and visually impaired users. They need to evaluate an interactive system. I wanted to share with you some of my concerns, and ask you of any advice ...
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Accessibility (browse aloud) for websites

We've got a housing trust website that we work on regularly (www.citysouthmanchester.co.uk) that needs to conform, as it's not for profit, to various online accessibility indicators. We currently ...
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Are overlays / modal alerts that display on site load accessible?

Some websites welcome you with a Cookie Disclaimer or to Join their Social Page. You'll find a big modal window, mostly in center overlay rest of the site. (as an example: http://www.lynda.com/) ...
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Parallax scrolling and accessibility

I was just answering this question Is there any actual data about websites using parallax scrolling? and the more I read about parallax scrolling, I was wondering if parallax sites were accessible as ...