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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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 ...
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Get results over time without JavaScript

I need to build a table which is populated over time. The same behaviour you have on flight comparison websites like skyscanner where the flights appear progressively in the page. I also need to ...
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Accessible custom scrollbars?

While it seems that the general consensus on custom scrollbars is that they are somewhat detrimental to overall user experience, powers beyond my control are suggesting their implementation is ...
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Alternative to color code in table cell

I am currently redesigning an LOB application that makes use of color coding in tables to 'categorize' each row of data. For instance, in the picture above, the 'St' column (which stands for ...
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Allow users to change fonts for increased reability

Looking to see if anyone has found any recommendations/best practices on allowing users to toggle different font-types. Particularly the ability to toggle between standard font-sets and one designed ...
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Which fonts are designed for accessibility and good screen legibility?

Ideally I need something that has been specifically designed for easy reading on displays. Accessibility is key really. Does anyone have a suggestion for a good webfont that looks fairly similar to ...
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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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Is this contrast readable?

On this oh-so-slowly-developing page, there is the column headed "Bid x Ask", which reflects the numbers of bids and offers on the stock option in the row: Are the numbers here readable? How can I ...
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Best Way to Darken a Color Until it is Readable?

What's the best way to darken a color until it is readable? I have a series of titles which have an associated color, but some of these colors are very light and any text drawn in them is unreadable. ...
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Accessibility of JSF's frameworks

I'm blind and I would like to add the support of a JSF framework in my project. I would know if you know of a framework that is focused on accessibility and that has these three components: 1) A ...
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Quick website evaluation checklist [closed]

I want to make a small checklist to evaluate my sites. I want to make SEO , usability and accessibility checks. Which are the most important checks I have to make?
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What UX implications should I be aware of when designing an enterprise website/intranet on SharePoint

We are currently weighing up the for-and-against in relation to whether to use SharePoint or an arguably better suited ECMS. I am looking to gather compelling evidence both for and against SharePoint ...
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Is having more then 1 label for a form element really against web accessibility guidelines?

I'm working on making my pages compliant to us section 508, and wcag 2.0 aaa. I've got a bunch of fields that have ghosting on them, like date text boxes. they use the labelOver plugin that can ...
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242 views

Javascript and 508

I was wondering if someone has a article of common practices a web developer should practice while using Javascript on a web page, keeping in mind the web page should be 508 compliant. I saw some ...
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Senior Usability and Navigation

Does anyone have any current resources for senior usability? I'm specifically researching navigation: tabs and accordions. The Jacob Nielsen site has a report that's over a decade old. I'm looking for ...
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652 views

WCAG vs 508 - which one to use?

Are there any statistics if companies prefer 508 compliance vs WCAG guidelines? What have you guys used during your projects? I saw WCAG guidelines and seems like it is more exhaustive but wasn't sure ...
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What happens when the focus rectangle isn't clear?

I get a lot of clients that comment that the focus box isn't obvious enough in some browsers. Is it common and good practice to make it more obvious? If so, how exactly do people do this?
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Which alternative text (alt) for static maps?

If screenreader users visit a contact page (on a company website) that contains a static map as image, what should be read to them? So: Which alternative text (content of the HTML alt attribute) ...
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Which one has more career opportunities: web usability or web accessibility?

I'm wondering which one will be more valuable and have more career opportunities. Web usability or web accessibility. Please show statistics or any valid information if possible.
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Are support for voice browsers really necessary?

Screen readers attempts to identify and interpret HTML and send its data to a standard output which may be a video monitor, a text-to-speech output device or a braille output device. It is a way to ...
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Showing read only data in a label on a form (508 implications) [closed]

One of the definitions of a HTML label is: The HTML label element associates a piece of text to a control What is the correct way to render HTML when the label itself is NOT "for" another label? ...
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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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Section 508 Compliance for .msg files

We host a USA government website that allows administrators to upload documents to share with other users. These documents are usually PDFs, spreadsheets, and Word documents, but occasionally folks ...
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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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Where is the best place to put example input for a form? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where should form instructions or hints be placed? Which of the following is the best place for the example (e.g. 12345) on long/short/busy/simple forms? (...and why?) ...
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Is a popover a good way to present short pieces of information on a website?

I'm currently designing a website on which I have to include the obligatory legalese. So: copyright info, privacy policy etc. There's not a whole lot of text though, at best two paragraphs of text for ...
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Is User Triggered Background Audio Acceptable?

We're designing a web presentation for a client, and the subject of including "white noise" background audio (crowds etc) after a video has finished to enrich the presentation and tie the different ...
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eLearning: Courses on Usability, UI, UX, or XD? [closed]

Considering User Experience Stack Exchange is in itself an educational tool, creating infomation hubs geared to different personas and users is no longer a tedious task. What are the applications, ...
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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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link color contrast with non-link text

I have read a lot about color contrast with regard to the text and background color (snook's tool), however is there a similar tool for validating the contrast of linked and non-linked text? There is ...
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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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ideas on instant messenger implementation on a website

Im looking for a discussions, feedback and ideas on implementing a custom instant messenger implementation in my webapp. I have tried some ideas but they all lack and I dont feel like "ok this feels ...
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In what situations is a “barrier to entry” training requirement before use appropriate?

Sparked by this discussion. Is there ever an argument to be made that products should be deliberately made difficult to use as a barrier to entry for the use of that product? If so, in what sorts of ...