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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Mouse and Keyboard Interaction Design for People with Arthritis

Is there any advice or best practices for the design of a desktop mouse and keyboard interface for people who suffer from arthritis, or has any research been done in this field?
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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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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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Dyslexia friendly colors for wider audience?

I have met few dyslexic people and asked them about their reading style. Some of them said that typing on black key board with white writing is easier for them, it helps them identify the shape of ...
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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 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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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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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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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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What are the best resources for designing “accessible” interfaces?

I'm reading Steve Krug's book "Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability" and there are a few good sources that he points to that will help designers design more accesible ...
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If the output from a webapp can't be made accessible, is it worth it to make the rest of the webapp accessible?

If I have a webapp that cannot be fully accessible to visually impaired users because the end goal is for a non-accessible animate bitmap canvas to be output, is it worth it to make the rest of the ...
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Where to put video transcripts?

Is there any official guidance on where to put a transcript for a video? Should it go on the same page as the video or on a separate page?
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What is the benefit of using the HTML5 <time> tag?

I have a web application I am writing the HTML for. In the app I will be displaying a lot of dates and in HTML5 they added a <time> tag. If I wrap all of my dates and times in the <time> ...
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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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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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Proper Keyboard focus order for dynamic menus

I have a small modal-like pane that appear when a user clicks on or keyboard navigates to special filter input. This pane is full of buttons that indicate how the filter should properly act. While the ...
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Is an aria-label necessary on icon fonts with additional context?

Given the following code, which is an error message on an invalid field entry: <i class="attention" aria-label="alert">Please enter a valid email address. The icon font is an alert icon (red ...
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How to determine color palettes visible for the colorblind?

How can I create a color palette that can still be visible by those who are colorblind? Is there a resource that can help determine if color palettes meet WCAG standards? If not, could someone ...
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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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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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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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Should html links with images have both title and alt attributes?

I understand it is generally a best quality practice to have title tags for hyperlinks and alt tags for images. This is good for several reasons: additional information for low bandwidth users, ...
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Best way to tell a user they don't have access to specific action

I'd be interested know people's thoughts and experiences on the cleanest/most professional way to tell a user they don't have access to a particular set of functions. I will have two user groups, ...
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UX principles for maximizing web page visibility at a distance?

This post is about maximizing visual clarity of a page, not SEO. Some info about my project: The page will be displayed on a 1080p 42" television. Users will be standing 3 - 6 feet from the TV. ...
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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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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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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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Does the Foundation framework comply with Section 508 and other accessibility standards?

I'm considering using the Foundation framework for a responsive design for two of my current projects, but I would like to know this: is Foundation designed to adhere to accessibility standards? If ...
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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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Should non-uniformly updated live regions use the ARIA busy attribute?

I am facing an issue while testing for accessibility. I have used role="alert" for an error message [single level]. Do I need to use aria-busy="true" / aria-atomic="true" / aria-live="polite" <td&...
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How to translate a visual experience to screen reader users

I have a table with selectable rows. I can select only one row. Sighted users can click anywhere in a row to select it. In the context of a website that is as good for blind users and sighted users, ...
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How to make code examples accessible in a document?

I'm creating a MS Word document (and will probably convert it to PDF later on) for a visually impaired programming student. I'm following all the guidelines about text semantics, like correctly using ...
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Should a web-based non-modal dialog prevent users from leaving it via keyboard access?

Say that a dialog is non-modal, meaning that a user can use the mouse to interact with elements outside of the dialog without closing it. Does this also mean that the user should also be able to ...
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What are the accessibility concerns of a checkbox based navigation?

This is an old css-tricks article demonstrating some of the cool things you can do without javascript using checkboxes. I want to use an updated version of this pattern on my site, but I am worried ...
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Screenreader - multiple live regions

Is it possible to stack multiple live regions, so that they all announce appropriately within a screen reader? I have this setup: <a class="action" href="javascript: void(0);" aria-controls="...
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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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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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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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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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Placing a donation – modal or a separate screen?

I am currently working on improving a donation task flow which is similar to the ones of the major crowd-sourcing platforms, however, there are no donation tiers involved, just dollar amounts. As ...
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can selected/active items be clickable?

I am considering to design an icon based menu and to use the classic pattern: inactive, hover-state and selected. However, I would like the user to be able to click on a menu element even if the ...
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What type of users use exclusively the keyboard to navigate a site?

A little background first At the company I work for, we're working on an e-learning application, aimed (exclusively) at dentists and their teams. While trying to decide how important accessibility ...
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How to interpret wcag2.0 guidelines on contrast for buttons and icons

The accessibility guidelines from the W3C offer neat and usable guidelines for creating text that is readable for everyone. There are a number of very useful tools for checking contrast levels, so it'...
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Small Caps Headings: Accessible or not?

Recommendations on digital accessibility often include avoiding ALL CAPS. There was even a discussion on this site (All capital titles: Good or Bad?), though the focus was not specifically ...
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When would a user prefer increasing font size vs. zoom/scale?

Browsers and operating systems usually have settings to make pages larger or smaller. This makes computers accessible for some users with low-vision and I've also seen it used temporarily for ...
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How to notify of scroll in iframe

For the sake of screen readers such as JAWS, etc. Given a list of navigation options which are a collection of documents and locations within them, when one is selected the iframe will load and/or '...
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What are the principle accessibility concerns that one might have with a front-end developed entirely in React JS

There is a complicated application which is heavy in data processing and front end developers considering implementing the designs entirely with React JS. As this tool is responsible entirely for ...
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What is the best way to display deleted/removed file to viewer?

Scenario: A viewer make some bookmark of document that he can view. Then manager archive this document. Output: The viewer now can't view his document that has been bookmarked. File Permission ...