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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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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How to determine color palettes visible for the colorblind?

How can I create a color palette that can still be visible by those who are colorblind? Is there a resource that can help determine if color palettes meet WCAG standards? If not, could someone ...
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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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What is the proper WAI ARIA role naming convention for shopping cart?

Designing an e-commerce website that is accessible, what would be the proper WAI ARIA role-attribute for the "shopping cart" section of the page? I understand the current available document landmark ...
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What are the principle accessibility concerns that one might have with a front-end developed entirely in React JS

There is a complicated application which is heavy in data processing and front end developers considering implementing the designs entirely with React JS. As this tool is responsible entirely for ...
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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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What words would you measure useability in 3 levels for WCAG Accesibility, keeping it short, simple and easy to understand

So i'm making this WCAG 2.0 tool that needs to indicate to the user how well their sites and pages are doing in terms of Accessibility. I have called it 'Accessibility Usability' which indicates in 3 ...
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WAI-ARIA & HTML5 - Why should I favor the latter?

I want to learn more about how to make webpages more accessible, so I've spend the last few hours reading about WAI-ARIA. Still, the whole concept isn't quite clear to me - HTML5 is part of that ...
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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 detailed should a text alternative version of an infographic be?

Had a debate with a collegue recently about a accessible text alternative to an infographic we have. When they wrote the text alternative they wrote in detail exactly what was going on in the picture ...
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Is the cost of creating a separate website for vision or motor impaired users higher than trying to make existing websites accessible?

A little bit of background (feel free to skip): There are a lot of government regulations being put in place to prevent issues with website accessibility under various anti-discrimination acts in the ...
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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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Main action in scrollview

Our app has a similar welcome screen layout to this: http://www.curious-creature.com/2010/08/15/scrollviews-handy-trick/comment-page-1/ The action buttons are at the bottom of a scrollview, so when ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Why shouldn't we use words such as 'here' and 'this' in textlinks?

Over the years of surfing on the web I have found numerous examples of people saying that you shouldn't use the word "here" in a textlink etc. Personally I like the idea of using the word, because it ...
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Primary Navigation Dropdown [duplicate]

Is changing the traditional horizontal text navigation to a dropdown menu as the main navigation point a good thing to do? Someone in my team is suggesting this change but I'm concerned about ...
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Should I explicitly state that a form field only accepts a specific input format?

My site has a lot of fields that accept a certain format of input only. Do I need to show users that this is the case, or can I rely on them inferring it? For example, is it better to do this: ...
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Is high contrast mode really useful?

In most operating systems and on some websites there is a high contrast mode, intended for use by visually impaired people. I have doubts, however, whether using such mode makes any sense - from what ...
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How long should automatic doors delay closing?

Automatic doors have a sensor that detect whether people are present, and when there are none, and after a delay, the doors close. How long should that closing delay be? Does it depend on factors ...
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HTML Title Attribute Instead of The Tag Content [closed]

Considering accessibility, can I use: <a href="about.html" title="About"></a> without any content, instead of: <a href="about.html">About</a> Associated with this CSS ...
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Is an aria-label necessary on icon fonts with additional context?

Given the following code, which is an error message on an invalid field entry: <i class="attention" aria-label="alert">Please enter a valid email address. The icon font is an alert icon (red ...
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Where should keyboard focus be after activating a button that brings up a non-modal dialog?

I have a button that shows a non-modal dialog, like this: The "Show Symbol Picker" button brings up the symbol picker non-modal dialog. If the button is pressed again, the dialog stays open, and ...
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Should a web-based non-modal dialog prevent users from leaving it via keyboard access?

Say that a dialog is non-modal, meaning that a user can use the mouse to interact with elements outside of the dialog without closing it. Does this also mean that the user should also be able to ...
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empty cells in accessible html tables

For an html data table in which each row represents an item (such as an email) would screen-reader users prefer empty table cells to be empty or to have a placeholder like a dash? In my brief ...
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Should I put the label before or after the input element?

For visually impaired users using a screen reader does it matter if the label for an input control be placed before or after the input? For example, is there a difference (as far as the screen reader ...
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Change focus when creating “jump to content” link for usability? [closed]

I have a link which is normally hidden but is revealed for users using keyboard navigation. This link jumps them past the header menus etc into the main page content. This is a similar example: http:...
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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 something I find to be annoying, and I ...
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How to adapt an existing iPhone app to iPad?

Is it common to make user interface elements (text, edit boxes, buttons, etc.) larger in an iPad app than in the corresponding iPhone app? Would it violate any Apple UI guideline to do so? I'm ...
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What is the best way to display deleted/removed file to viewer?

Scenario: A viewer make some bookmark of document that he can view. Then manager archive this document. Output: The viewer now can't view his document that has been bookmarked. File Permission ...
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What are the core tools and processes an organization should have in place to test web application accessibility

I'm a developer for an organization that is starting to plan out how to overhaul a number of our web applications with a focus on making them both 508 compliant, and truly accessible for users with a ...
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Should a web app remember your accessibility settings after login?

We have a website/app in which users can select the following accessibility settings when on the login page: Language (default is English) Font size (default is 12px for regular text etc) Colour ...
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Correct Use Of Alt Text When Image Is A Link [duplicate]

In a situation where an image is an important feature of the page, but also acts as a link to a page containing a high-res version, how should its alt tag be populated. In this instance it needs to ...
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Syntax highlighting and accessibility

There are a lot of tools that automatically detect the programming language used in code blocks and add proper syntax highlighting. For example: Highlight.js and google-code-prettify. Given that ...
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How to find an accessible color by changing lightness only?

Is the following hypothesis true? For any given color: { Hue, Saturation, Lightness_1 } there exists: Lightness_2 such that the contrast ratio between: { Hue, Saturation, Lightness_1 } and ...
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Is placing navigation buttons in the toolbar a good practice from the accessibility point of view?

I designed an iPhone mobile app and now I need to conduct an accessibility review. The requirement was to follow iOS8 UI guidelines and make it look as if it was a native app. For the first time I ...
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Why are stairs not replaced by ramps?

If ramps allow accessibility to a larger number of people as opposed to stairs, then why are stairs more common than ramps in public buildings (or buildings in general)? Comparing a reasonable angle ...
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How practical is the accessibility requirement to view pages with CSS disabled?

As a practical matter, aside from what Section 508 states about web documents being readable without relying on an external stylesheet, do vision-impaired users really try to browse the web with css ...
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Is using Page's section scrolling good for UX?

A designer is insisting on using this effect on a website like this http://alvarotrigo.com/fullPage/examples/normalScroll.html http://www.thepetedesign.com/demos/onepage_scroll_demo.html You must ...
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How do you make a range input / slider accessible to screen readers for blind UX

download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups How do you make range inputs / sliders screen reader accessible? What is the best solution for making these types of inputs ...
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Why should our website be made handicap accessible?

Personally, the answer is "It's the right thing to do." I'm a web developer for a fairly major news-media site. We are U.S-based but have a global audience. When I initially floated this idea, my ...