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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Best way to link to PDFs/Word docs/etc?

I need to include links to PDFs, Word docs and other document types on a web page. A lot of sites display an icon for the file type, plus the file size. I'm inclined to remove both the icon and file ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Omiting label element on self-explanatory form

I have a form that consists of an input box and a button. The button says "Search". For sighted users, it seems that no label element is required for the input box as it is obvious that you enter ...
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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 in modern web applications

I'm currently part of a team that develops a complex web application for a German customer (sorry, cannot say anything about the project). We would like "to be a good citizen" and develop the ...
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Accessible and Responsive Tables?

I'm looking at creating a large multi-column table within a web app. However we are experiencing a challenge whereby none of the solutions fit the bill 100% and we are wary of just choosing one ...
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Accessibility for non-web desktop applications

For web-applications I'm used to using WCAG 2.0 as a specification to provide to developers and 3rd parties who are developing websites to use as a guide. I now have a 3rd party supplying a Windows ...
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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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How to prove to client that blind users can also use his e-commerce website?

How to prove to client that blind user can use his e-commerce website too? I want to tell the importance of accessibility to the client who has and e-commerce website, that we should try to make it ...
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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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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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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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Is it good practice to have a change contrast or higher contrast buttons for users?

Is it good practice to have a change contrast or higher contrast buttons for users? As depending on the vision problem users may need different contrast conditions for comfortable reading. Some sites ...
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Best way for date field for visually impaired users

What is the best way for blind users to fill in a date field? The date field is used for dates within the next 3 months. Single texfield: A single textfield with a 'date' text-label and with a ...
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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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accessibility for non-modal windows in UI

In our application, we have a case, where a page can have multiple non-modal popups. And I am working on making those popups keyboard accessible. Without any accessibility addition: popups and ...
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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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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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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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How do you design a registration form?

I am trying to learn about registration forms, what should I be careful about when designing one? Is there any "best practice" or do you know any great websites with great examples of registration ...
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Citation for the proposition “flashing boxes on the screen are annoying”

It seems self-evident that one should not put a large box on the screen and then change its dominant color frequently (i.e. make it flash) because it's very hard to ignore and will irritate people, ...
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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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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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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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Alt key shortcuts anymore?

Do standard users use Alt key shortcuts for controls such as buttons anymore? eg. an OK button could have a shortcut of Alt-K which would be the same as pressing it. Any control on a form or window ...
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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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What is the most dyslexia friendly colour combination

Following on from this question I asked a while ago: What is the most dyslexia friendly font? I'd like now to know whether there are any colour combinations (or sets of colour combinations from ...
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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 size should I make my icons so that people with some degree of visual impairment can use my application?

My application has to cater for people with a degree of visual impairment. Should I have larger icons throughout or have an option that allows the user to select the icon size (small, normal, large)? ...
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For correct accessibility, how should I title an iframe?

We've recently begun using Google Tag Manager on our site, as well as using a tool that tests accessibility. Running our site against WCAG 2.0 Level A results in an error (WCAG 2.0 Level A 2.4.1 and ...
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Should the input field accesskeys in my form be semantic or physically clustered?

I'm creating a form similar to the one below (with <label/> tags, input field accesskeys and logically-ordered tabindices). The form will be filled a handful of times in rapid succession by ...
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Are WAI ARIA attributes required for WCAG 2.0 level AA compliance?

I'm reading the W3 WCAG quick reference guide located here It has the option of selecting items to display for WAI ARIA WCAG compliance -- is WAI-ARIA required for WCAG compliance or not? It's not ...
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Agile Scrum: Framework to minimise the level of details that go into the definition of done?

Users stories acceptance criteria are an integral part of the user story. If not done exhaustively, acceptance criteria can cause a whole chain of issues such as bad sequencing of development tasks or ...
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Is it better for website accessibility to have the menu before or after the content

I have seen two approaches to menu/content markup order in relation to accessibility for keyboard only users: Menu first then content with a skip to content link at the top Content first then menu ...
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When is it appropriate to add the HTML5 “autofocus” attribute to a page?

For usability it can be useful to autofocus on something like the search input form on a search page. Where the primary purpose of a page is to search or add content, it can be appropriate to assume ...
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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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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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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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Do older adults prefer white-on-black or black-on-white?

Please suggest current resources for designing UX for senior adults. W3C standards documents are about 6 years out of date. With respect to contrast: white on black, or black on white. [I did an ...
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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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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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Accessibility with aria-live and referencing other parts of a page

The setup: We have section A, where a user interacts with form controls and depending on the interaction receives specific messaging with aria-live. aria-live="assertive" role=”status” That ...