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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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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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 W3C standards documents are about 6 years out of date.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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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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Accessible CMS software

My company needs to incorporate some CMS software into their public web site. We want software that produces semantic markup to maximise accessibility. Can anyone suggest any? At the current time, ...
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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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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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Input checkboxes wrapped inside <labels>

I usually tend to wrap my checkboxes and radio button inside their respective labels and was wondering whether this is considered a good UX practice. Pros/cons ? One of my main reasons is that it ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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What should the ALT text be for an image that is also a link?

An image alt="" text should contain information about that image in the context of the page, so for instance if you have an article about cats on skateboards and then a photograph of the cat on his ...
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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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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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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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Feasability of blind-focused Spotify Windows desktop app

I originally asked this on StackOverflow, but was told it wasn't appropriate for SO and was told to ask it here instead see original question. If it's still not in the right place, I apologise. As a ...
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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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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 a cancel button necessary in a web form?

Personally I have never used it. I don't put information in a form and then decide everything needs to be cleared. I would edit one field. Plus cancel in a UI suggests canceling an action which is in ...
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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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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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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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Site Accessibility - Colour schemes to avoid

Marketing at our company has a strong preference for Blue on Blue in our application (i.e. Blue gradient background, with a Light blue header background, and a darker blue text shade). Obviously, in ...
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How to represent that a video has no audio?

It would be useful to know that a video (played on a web page) has no audio before starting to watch it. Benefits: Users wouldn't have to pause other audio sources (music player; audio/video ...
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Acessibility… tables or lists

I am creating a list of links which have the following in them: link title and url a comment about the link a date that the link was posted I wish to do this using accessible best practice, but ...
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User accessibility for mobile applications [closed]

I want to make my mobile web app, iPhone app, and Android app more accessible. What should I read first to learn about best practices for mobile accessibility? Are there any summaries of the ...
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Where should the subtitle setting be in video games?

I was recently playing Dead Space 3 and was trying to turn on the subtitles. I found them to be in the Audio sub-menu. In other games, it can be in the Game or Video sub-menus. As subtitles are ...
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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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Should tab move through the contents of a tab container before moving between tabs?

I have a question about tabs (like containers, used to group information together) and tab ordering (used when pressing the tab key to move between elements on a page) in terms of accessibility and ...
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Colour stripes in chart

I've been given a very limited colour palette to work with for a number of charts. Because the palette is limited, it's been suggested that using the same colours but with patterns such as stripes ...
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I have a link that lets the user add, delete, modify elements. What should I call this link?

I have this link that opens a modal popup where the user can add, modify and delete elements. This link was formerly called "Add/Modify/Delete element". This label is used repeatedly through my ...
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From an accessibility perspective, is it alright to use blue text for headings?

Since most people associate blue words/phrases on a webpage with hyperlinks, I know it's a bad idea to use blue text to provide emphasis on a word or phrase within a paragraph. However, does the same ...
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html element for exemplary content

What would be an appropriate html element to use for a block exemplary content in an article, which illustrates the more abstract rules described earlier? For semantic / accessibility reasons I want ...
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Can stairs have a user experience?

Is there any UX consideration that goes into the design/construction of stairs? I know there are various local building codes and the ADA which regulate these things to some degree but stairs at ...