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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Where to put video transcripts?

Is there any official guidance on where to put a transcript for a video? Should it go on the same page as the video or on a separate page?
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Mouse and Keyboard Interaction Design for People with Arthritis

Is there any advice or best practices for the design of a desktop mouse and keyboard interface for people who suffer from arthritis, or has any research been done in this field?
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What type of users use exclusively the keyboard to navigate a site?

A little background first At the company I work for, we're working on an e-learning application, aimed (exclusively) at dentists and their teams. While trying to decide how important accessibility ...
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Why Google uses small font in search result page? [duplicate]

I have read in many places that using small font in poor accessibility. I know Google does lot of research about the search and result page design / aesthetics. There should be some reason for using ...
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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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Is there a demand for web accessibility experts? [closed]

I'm wondering about web accessibility if it has a demand in big corporates as a job?
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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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Dyslexia friendly colors for wider audience?

I have met few dyslexic people and asked them about their reading style. Some of them said that typing on black key board with white writing is easier for them, it helps them identify the shape of ...
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Are “print” links needed on a website?

What do you think, does a website for a general audience need a "print" link or will the users know how to print the page for themselves (using the browser controls)? Some background: It's not a ...
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Changing voiceover readout to omit '…'

Ellipses '...' defined as marks or a mark indicating an omission of words or a pause is commonly used as a visual cue to indicate incompleteness. E.g. 'Loading ...' When voiceover is turned on on ...
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Error message or disabled action button

Is it better to give a warning message for completing certain action before submitting it (in an online form)? If not, then will disabling the main action (submit) button to avoid any error be of any ...
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Accessibility and the use of font characters for icons

It seems to be a trend for the moment to embed custom web dingbat fonts and use them as icons on web pages. But isn't it true that a screen reader will read those characters out loud? So when it for ...
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Are there any standards on when to use placeholder text vs. tooltips?

To assist an user entering some data in an <input> field, we're planning to provide tooltips and placeholder. Wanted to understand the guidelines and standards on 'when' to use placeholder vs. ...
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Web page automatically opening attachments

have been asked to add a feature to our cms driven sites to automatically open any attachments (Ie pdsf, xls, doc) that may be on the page, personally I don't like this idea as it seems to work ...
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Is there an optimal font size?

For most website projects I've been involved with, the font size for the bulk text is usually 12px - 13px, but I'm wondering if this is a good size. I remember reading an article saying that font ...
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Accesibility vs. read-only input fields

I have a form with some read-only fields depending on the customer role. As a rule, I use read-only fields for those inputs. Are there problems with this approach using and assistive technology? ...
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incremental discovery and visually impaired users

I'm working on a design for a program with GUIs for basic, intermediate, advanced, and expert modes. You can find my question on the topic here: ...
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Usability Principles for Mobile App Design [closed]

Have there been any principles developed for Mobile App designs? Any 'dos' vs. 'dont'? Any templates anyone can send me in the direction of?
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“Click-and-drop” alternative to drag-and-drop, for accessibility (and maybe mobile-web)

I have observed some people fumble with a mouse. They seem unable to synchronize clicking the buttons and sliding the mouse consistently, to where they drag things when they only meant to click on ...
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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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Are adjustable accessibility settings better handled by the browser?

Accessibility settings include manual adjustments a user can make to alter the appearance of a website to make it more easy for them to consume. Some examples are font size and colour contrast. ...
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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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Dark labels or light labels

Just wondering what your opinions are on html forms. Is it better to have a light coloured label and a dark coloured value or the other way round, a dark label with a light value? What are the ...
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How to handle users typing without input focus

An issue I repeatedly observe with novice web users is that they will occasionally begin typing without first properly selecting (focusing) an input field. A typical pattern I see is this: the user ...
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What default font to choose for desktop applications?

Finding the right font for an application seems to be an art. There seem to be many standards. Arial seems to be used in most applications I have seen, Segoe UI is the standard for Microsoft Windows ...
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Designing wireframes keeping accessibility guidelines in mind

I am not sure if there is a definite answer to this but I thought I'll just throw it out.... I am working on re-designing a site for an federal organization who also require their site to be ...
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What default font to choose for desktop applications? [duplicate]

Finding the right font for an application seems to be an art. There seem to be many standards. Arial seems to be used in most applications I have seen, Segoe UI is the standard for Microsoft Windows ...
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Is there an optimal font size / line height ratio?

When styling text on web pages, both font size and line height can be set. For example, the text of this post will be displayed using a font-size of 14px and a line-height of (about) 18px, set using ...
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Scrollbar on the left

Is there a deep study that suggests to place a scrollbar on the right? Personally I move it to the left whenever it's possible (firefox allow this, as well as xterm and emacs). I know that placing a ...
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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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What are some best practices to follow when designing for users completely unfamiliar with computers?

In User Testing in the Wild: Joe’s First Computer Encounter, a researcher for Mozilla encounters a 60 year old man who has never used a computer and describes what it was like to have him use a ...
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select from predefined list if exist ,else insert a new item to the list?

What's the best experience to do the following: The user will insert a new subject(text) only if it isn't in the existing list. So, it will be added to the existing list for all users. I have ...
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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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Benefits and drawbacks of modal windows

I'm working on a web application and am a little stuck trying to figure out how I should implement signup forms, login forms, contact forms, and payment forms. I can implement all these in either: ...
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Is it a good idea to have a large footer containing many links?

In recent years, it's become quite a common design pattern to have a large footer on every page, containing a 'mini sitemap'. For example: This has supposed SEO benefits, but would also seem to ...
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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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Forms: Sample description- for label or field? what should be the placement?

I need to place example input text [abc@pqr.com] for a field or label. Where should I place example (or sample) input description? Here, I have shown four examples of an email ID input for ...
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What is the validity of contrast and colours tests?

I just ran a contrast and colour test (using checkmycolours.com in this case) on our corporate site (www.dotblue.net; if you care) and it reports quite some failures. However, I explicitly optimized ...
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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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Left-handed persons and usability

I have never seen any UI that depends on what hand a person prefers. I have never seen any options or profile settings for left-handled persons. Maybe it is a strange question, but I have to ask it. ...
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Best Practices in keyboard navigation of JavaScript Controls?

Apparently "best practice" when creating DHTML widgets, such as menus etc., is to allow users to navigate to the widget using the tab key, and navigate within the widget using arrow keys. This follows ...
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Maximum set of stairs users are willing to climb before needing an elevator

I know this question has many variables related to ones own ambition / physical condition, but I'm wondering if you were to have a multi story building, what would be the maximum set of stairs a user ...
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Input mask on credit card number & SSN

Our company is discussing the use of an input mask (asterisk) on credit card numbers and social security numbers. I'm completely against masking the CCN, from a UX perspective, especially since our ...
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What would be more accessible : Un-ordered lists or tables?

I have a page listing the latest blog posts in a pretty standard format, you'd expect to see on any typical blog. At the foot of each post, I have a list showing 'views', 'comments' and 'shares'. I ...
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Is it “unsafe” to rely only on placeholders (input fields)? [duplicate]

I've noticed that in many sites, the text within input fields are always either label tags and span tags. Twitter's example: (in this case, the labels seem to be inside the input field). I never ...
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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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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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How can I test a web site about accessibility and usability? [closed]

I'm blind and I should do some tests about accessibility and usability on different web sites so, how can I do the tests correctly?
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Media player and accessibility, beyond the big buttons

I have to layout a media player for a touchscreen in hospital. The main feature has to be the accessibility. The touchscreen is thought to be near the bed of sick people. Not only invalid people but ...