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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headings as links

In a lot of cases I've always used headings as links (where they make sense) instead of a heading, info text and then a link For example: Finance website Here's some info text here about this ...
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Including users with disabilities in user centered design

Many of the methodologies used in the early phases of user centered design, such as card sorting and paper prototyping, are not accessible to people with disabilities. Anybody have any advice on ...
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How to get into accessibility consulting?

I’m a totally blind software developer who does mostly server side programming. I’ve had some experience with section 508 assessments and am an experienced screen reader user. While I have a full time ...
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Should images be given alt text if they contain no information?

Example: a biography page with a picture of the person. The image contains no useful information, yet it adds enough emotional value to the page that simply removing it is not the solution. If you ...
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List of non-confusable characters

We're about to create a number of physical objects with codes imprinted on them. We have decided to only use uppercase letters (no numbers). This is supposed to be read by humans in a hurry, and we ...
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Are there projects where good accessibility is unnecessary?

Recently I attended a job interview at a fairly well known agency. In my resumé I had specified that I always try to come up with easily accessible solutions regarding assistive technology. The ...
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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 ...
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Should I have a text size widget for accessibility on a charity website?

I'm a developer at a small web agency that works primarily with charities. We tend to put a simple textsize widget on every site (eg. top right on www.embraceme.org). I find myself wondering if that's ...
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Is it good to leave Select dropdown with default style for better UX and Accessibility?

When I design websites. many time I try make the select drop-down more attractive. example By default select drop-down looks slightly different in almost each Desktop and Mobile browser but ...
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Should we worry about dial up users?

I am looking to design a site which is going to be fairly image heavy and a question came up about what should we do if the users access it through a a dial up or a really low speed internet ...
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Honeypot captchas and accessibility

I have been looking at ways to prevent spam bots from posting, regstering and performing actions on my site. Initially, I thought about implementing ReCAPTCHA using its API. However, I have found ...
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Should websites provide high contrast or alternate schemes?

With regards to Accessibility, many sites focus on font-size adjustments either the browser's / OS's native controls or via a control on the page (usually denoted by 3 capital A's of varying size). ...
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Accessibility and CAPTCHAs

I want to include a CAPTCHA in my web application, but I also want to make sure that my web application is accessible to individuals with impairments or disabilities. How should I go about doing that?...
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Coding Best Practices as UX?

I've been stating in most of my recent contracts that meeting HTML coding Best Practices (what's outputted to the browser) is an important part of UX. This would include things like Semantics (using ...
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Font Size Amender

Is there still any need for a font resizer in web apps? Modern web browseers easilly allow you to zoom in on content. Older browsers such as IE6 and IE7 require you to change the font size via ...
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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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Proper usage of fieldset / legend tags

I'm wondering what the suggested usage of <fieldset>s are on a webpage. For example, on a simple page with just one form (one set of inputs) is it still recommended to use a fieldset? Or should ...
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Font sizes for WCAG2.0 AAA

Anyone know what the WCAG2.0 definition of 'Normal' and 'Large' fonts are, as they relate to the AA and AAA levels? I've googled and read the WCAG site and docs but unless I'm being really stupid (...
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Making mega-menus accessible for keyboard users

Here's the situation. A large corporate site has a mega-menu in the primary navigation. The secondary-level page areas are available from within this dropdown (in this example the secondary levels are ...
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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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Should we include a “Back to top” button for mobile websites?

When building a mobile web site that needs to be accessible — do you consider it to be best practice to include a "Back to top" anchor link in a footer menu for long pages? I'm thinking about those ...
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iFrame accessibility and usability issues

Aside from confused scrolling and screen reader problems (and I'm not downplaying these issues, it's just that I've already discussed them at length), are there any concrete accessibility and ...
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Patterns for keyboard accessible drop down lists

Are there any standard keyboard shortcuts for making drop down lists appear? (in any kind of software, not just web based.) I'm going to write some JavaScript to make the drop down lists (select and ...
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Accessibility statements: Worth having on websites?

Currently working for a client who had a very vague, generic accessibility statement on the site, until a couple of months ago when the site was redesigned and the statement was left out of the IA. ...
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Making color blind friendly plots that look professional

Based on this question I've been racking my brain trying to find a color scheme for journal publications that is color blind friendly and that I actually like. I've tried color brewer and other sites, ...
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Why do Pedestrian Traffic Signals only play the audible crossing notification for only a short duration and not for the entire duration of crossing?

As per with the American Disability Act (ADA), audible pedestrian signals are supposed to be implemented in most traffic signal projects. These audible signals are designed to assist visually impaired ...
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Should :focus and :hover styles be the same or distinct?

I'm in the midst of redefining a cross-application style guide, and I want to make sure we're accounting for accessibility in the design, including contrast ratios, text sizes, and focus states. One ...
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Sliders and Accessibility: Usability of sliders for users with disabilities

I was wondering if the use of sliders would make it harder for people with disabilities to select values. How hard is it to drag and drop for them? How easy is it for them to see values changing while ...
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Best practices for long “alt” text and the vision-impaired?

One of my Stack Exchange communities is currently cleaning up its missing image alt text for the benefit of those who use the site with screen readers. We understand that the alt text we add will be ...
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Best Place for a Back Button on a 7" Tablet Menu

I'm currently building the interface of an Android Tablet digital restaurant menu. The user is going to be able to navigate between categories and dishes lists and navigate back as well. I'm finding ...
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For touchscreen interaction, are there benefits to knowing a user's preferred hand?

The generally accepted answer to the question on Left-handed persons and usability is that rather than asking users which hand they use in order to determine your layout, you should let them choose ...
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Is using the alt-attribute for text-as-graphics ok?

There are several ways to present text on your web page in exactly the font your designer decided; as an image, a flash hack, some javascript hack, dynamic fonts. But to this day, the only thing that ...
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Accessible way to override tab key in textarea

I'd like to create a textarea for code which would allow the user to press Tab and Shift + Tab to indent and outdent the content respectively, however I'm worried that overriding the Tab key would ...
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Usefulness of on-site text resize tools

I'm not sure what to call them, but anyone know of research on the effectiveness of including the ability to resize text onscreen via a buttons/toggle. I mean the "aA" button you still sometimes see ...
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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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How to test a website for visually impaired users?

What techniques should I be using when testing of a website for visually impaired users that commonly occur due to aging such as macular degeneration, needing reading glasses, possible loss of ...
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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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How can one improve accessibility of modal windows in a browser?

How do modal windows implemented using, for instance, jQuery plugins affect the accessibility of the website? If it leads to poor accessibility, can it be mitigated? Is the only way to avoid using ...
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How to correctly encode a leaderboard with a gap in HTML

I want to display a leaderboard like so: 1 - John 232342 2 - Mary 45234 3 - Luke 234 59 - You 45 It's an ordered list but I can't make an ordered list that jumps from 3 to an arbitrary ...
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Flash, Silverlight and Accessibility

Simple question, although the answer probably isn't... Do Flash or Silverlight offer accessibility options? Should we ever use these if we are trying to build a truly accessible site?
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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 « (&laquo;) and » (&raquo;) on links? Originally they're used in many languages like French and Spanish to indicate ...
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Is F1-F12 the same for every keyboard/language

I have little tooltip graphics, each with a picture of a keyboard shortcut. Sometimes, the picture is a F5, a F10, etc. I was wondering (for accessibility reasons) if everyone has a keyboard with "F" ...
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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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In terms of UX, what's the best way to introduce new design? Gradually or via beta version?

In terms of UX, what's the best way to introduce a completely new design for an application? It will have the same user base and functionalities plus new features (one of them being responsive design)....
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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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Contact form on mobile vs. mailto: link?

I have decided to put a contact form in the footer for my portfolio site and opening the question up to include any site where the decision was to add a contact form on the desktop version... Would ...
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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. I'...
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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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Why don't we use Left navigation for website?

Left navigation is becoming a more widely used trend in Web Applications; for example, it is utilized by Zoho Books, Slack, Gmail and others. More valid reason to move Left navigation, like screen ...