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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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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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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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 W3C standards documents are about 6 years out of date.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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How to know when to be concerned about accessibility?

Every so often, a popular answer to a question on this site receives a comment like "looks great, but how accessible is it?", or "try that out with a screen reader and see how much fun you have". ...
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What's the right behavior for the tab key on a combobox?

What should happen if a user is scrolling through items in a combobox with the keyboard and they press the Tab key? Should it behave like the Enter key, selecting the currently highlighted item and ...
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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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Best way to call out important content to screen readers?

We're adding new content to our page that describes the accessibility options available at a destination. The user may make accessibility requests via checkbox inputs (bathroom, hearing-impaired ...
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What's the best way to determine if a character is universally easy to type?

What would be the best way to determine if a particular keyboard character is available/convenient (enough) for most/all end users to type, regardless of keyboard layout? For instance, if I want to ...
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Best practice when designing screen reader friendly notification functionality

I am curious how you should approach the design of notification functionality with screen readers in mind. Let's take Facebook as an example. If someone comments on one of your posts. A little popup ...
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What keyboard input makes sense for tabbing out of a rich text field?

My Windows application has a form controlling system-wide options with a toolbar-equivalent and a region for controls. The toolbar has a series of icon/label pairs; selecting one fills the control ...
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For accessibility, what is the best solution to eliminate having to use 16 font size over 14 on form fields only?

What is the best solution to eliminate having to use 16 font size over 14 on form fields only? To pass WCAG Guidelines, we are looking for a solution to not have 16pt only on form fields and still ...
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What is the best way to display disabled field and text for accessibility color contrast support

I am working on a project which needs to support color contrast accessibility. Currently on our system disabled data is presented as grayed-out, but now we need to support color contrast for ...
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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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Does responsive design ruin accessibility?

Hopefully this is not too broad, I am currently developing a website for my university project and part of the criteria is to implement some considerations to accessibility and also responsive design. ...
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Should I require user verification before publishing article?

I am currently developing a website that's all about used written content. Users write columns that will be available on the website, thus giving them a place to be read. In the old version of my ...
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What is the correct tab-indexing for a log-in form with a “forgot password” link?

I have a login form shown below, and I am trying to figure out the correct tabbing for it for the best accessibility and user-experience. This seems like a very common design, but I haven't found a ...
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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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How to reference a part of the page that could be below or to the right

I've got a basic contact form (not currently "live"; it won't actually submit), which has a small area of the page as a description of "how to contact us". In this section, I reference the contact ...
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Do all screens need headings?

Trying to understand a particular element of standards and best-practices. I'm tasked with designing a new dashboard for an internal system (note: SEO is not part of the equation; security ...
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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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Link states – should keyboard focus replicate hover or active

I realise that this question may be quite specific CSS-wise, but it feels more like a UX question than a StackOverflow one. My question is should links have a :focus state that replicates their :...
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Accessibility of combobox UI widget

I believed ALT+DownArrow is a standard shortcut key to launch the list of options in a combobox field. JAWS however reads To set a value use the arrow keys or type a value when the combobox field gets ...
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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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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 ...