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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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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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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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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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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What's a good scroll bar equivalent for a spiral script?

One of my friends is writing a fictional story about a people who use a script that is read in a spiral from the inside out. They write on long coils of flexible material, and longer texts are fed ...
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How to determine whether links have enough contrast?

I find it very hard to distinguish links from normal text on Programmers Stack Exchange, especially visited links on wall-of-text posts. The colour scheme used is: Background #fafafa (there's a ...
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Why do Automated Teller machines (ATMs) have speeches all the way along?

I do not understand the necessity of ATMs having audio feedback of "You have inserted a card", "Please type in your password", etc. I can just find them on the screen, and I just find the speeches ...
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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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Is F1-F12 the same for every keyboard/language

I have little tooltip graphics, each with a picture of a keyboard shortcut. Sometimes, the picture is a F5, a F10, etc. I was wondering (for accessibility reasons) if everyone has a keyboard with "F" ...
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Usability - Testing Windows applications under different settings

I'm testing a Windows application for usability. While I thought the application looked pretty usable at first, I tried the application using the "Large text" setting in Windows 7 and realised that ...
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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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Why shouldn't we use words such as 'here' and 'this' in textlinks?

Over the years of surfing on the web I have found numerous examples of people saying that you shouldn't use the word "here" in a textlink etc. Personally I like the idea of using the word, because it ...
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Should a website directed towards programmers and code enthusiasts require IE8 (and earlier) support?

Very simple question: Should a website directed towards programmers and code enthusiasts require IE8 (and earlier) support? To elaborate (on why to ask such a question), I assume most experienced web ...
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How to correctly encode a leaderboard with a gap in HTML

I want to display a leaderboard like so: 1 - John 232342 2 - Mary 45234 3 - Luke 234 59 - You 45 It's an ordered list but I can't make an ordered list that jumps from 3 to an arbitrary ...
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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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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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Is the alt attribute on navigation sufficient for section 508 compliance?

I was wondering for a html page which has two navigation options ( 1. Login method 2. Roles), is it just sufficient to provide a alt text to describe what they do? Or should I try to have something ...
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How to get into accessibility consulting?

I’m a totally blind software developer who does mostly server side programming. I’ve had some experience with section 508 assessments and am an experienced screen reader user. While I have a full time ...
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How important is it to consider color for color blindness in a design

In response to this question about iconography, I was wondering about how much it is necessary to factor in color usability for people with color perception difficulties into a design. The first ...
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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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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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What are the UX strengths and weaknesses of Google+? [closed]

Google Plus is a new product from Google that seems to be a Facebook-like social application. It also seems to supercede Google Buzz. It is sort of integrated into GMail. It offers a number of UX ...
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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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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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Changing the behavior of the arrow keys with JavaScript

In the context of a widget on a website, what is the preferred way of changing the behavior of the arrow keys with JavaScript? The user can't scroll with the arrow keys and can use the arrow keys in ...
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What are the negative and positive aspects of dark color scheme?

I am using Light-on-dark color scheme (dark background with light text) in my application. My question is, what are the negative and positive aspects of this color scheme and why this color scheme ...
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Accesskeys for enterprise web apps / SaaS - worth it?

(Not sure what accesskeys are? Here is an ALA post about them) If you've ever implemented accesskeys on a web app, do you know if they got used (outside of accessibility concerns)? There seem to be ...
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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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Accessibility for touch screen devices (e.g. iPad, iPhone)

By touch screen, I mean things like the iPhone and iPad. How are touch screen devices being made accessible? Are there any development guidelines that should be adhered to? Could a blind person ...
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Cursor position and movement in Bidi Input.

In the case of Bidi input, where both RTL and LTR types languages can be mixed together, what should be the cursor position? And what should be the movement of the cursor with Home and End buttons? ...
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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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Are “reset” buttons redundant? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a cancel button necessary in a web form? Are form "reset" buttons redundant? If not, why not? Give me a case where they are completey accepted, useful and maybe even ...
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Please recommend a widget to alter ratios totalling 100% [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to build a budgeting interface (sum of items must equal 100)? I need the user to be able to change the ratios of items adding up to 100%. Essentially, I'm talking ...
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What are some things to consider when optimizing a web page for a projector? [closed]

I'm guessing I should plan for low resolution and big fonts? Any good examples out there?
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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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User interface for a text to speech function [closed]

I want to present to user with a "text to speech" function (similar to the google translate "listen" button). I am thinking of a button showing a human face talking. Here is a self-made draft (yes ...
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what youtube embed is more accessible for users w/ screenreaders/only keyboards

I notice that Youtube now likes to embed videos using an Iframe, but will still allow the old object method. I'm just curious which method would be best for people using the site in an unconventional ...
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Advise strategy for partially translated webpage

I am working on a site and some but not all of the content is being translated into French. The content that is being translated is the long description and summaries of the content items (which are ...
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What video players/sites are fully accessible?

I am in need of a video player that is fully accessible, but I'm hoping not to have to code it from scratch. How accessible are the youtube/vimeo players? are there other ones pre-made online that ...
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Do manufacturers of markers produce different shapes for each type (whiteboard/permanent) so you can tell the difference by touch?

In the sense that this is an interface with the user of pens, I thought this might be an acceptable place to ask this question, but if it's just application interfaces, then please remove or close ...
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What are the most common UIs/Components? What are their Strengths/Weaknesses? How to improve? [closed]

Hm, I am fininding myself wishing that we had communitywiki After seeing this question: What is the most common user interface in the world? I thought it would be educational to not limit the ...
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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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Using wheelchair symbol in CAPTCHAs?

More and more websites that use CAPTCHAs have started to cater for visually-impaired users who cannot solve a visual (text-based) CAPTCHA by providing an audio CAPTCHA. What I find bizarre is that ...
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Proper usage of fieldset / legend tags

I'm wondering what the suggested usage of <fieldset>s are on a webpage. For example, on a simple page with just one form (one set of inputs) is it still recommended to use a fieldset? Or should ...
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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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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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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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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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Flash, Silverlight and Accessibility

Simple question, although the answer probably isn't... Do Flash or Silverlight offer accessibility options? Should we ever use these if we are trying to build a truly accessible site?
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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 ...