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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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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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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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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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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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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How do design a slider for a blind person

My question is related to this post IMHO the user sliding the finger off the screen can easily take the finger to a place where the slider is no longer available. So, they will move their finger back ...
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Where should keyboard focus be after activating a button that brings up a non-modal dialog?

I have a button that shows a non-modal dialog, like this: The "Show Symbol Picker" button brings up the symbol picker non-modal dialog. If the button is pressed again, the dialog stays open, and ...
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Do separate links with the same name pose accessibility problems if they're part of an unordered list?

Our site is getting flagged for accessibility issues for having separate links with the same text. However, I'm wondering if the links are actually distinguishable by screen readers since they have ...
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How should I adapt for Assistive Touch in iOS

This article reports that users avoid pressing the home button on an unfounded rumor that using the home button will cause the phone to break. What alterations should I make to accommodate this ...
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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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Is having the number of search results in heading markup accessible

In a recent accessibility report of our application there were some points stating that the number of results should not be in a heading on the page. For example, the markup should be: ...
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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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Are overlays / modal alerts that display on site load accessible?

Some websites welcome you with a Cookie Disclaimer or to Join their Social Page. You'll find a big modal window, mostly in center overlay rest of the site. (as an example: http://www.lynda.com/) ...
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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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Change focus when creating “jump to content” link for usability? [closed]

I have a link which is normally hidden but is revealed for users using keyboard navigation. This link jumps them past the header menus etc into the main page content. This is a similar example: ...
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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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How to write info email on my website (Plain text or Image)?

Usually, info email will be provided in modern websites, either in contact page or on top of all pages, the issue here is spammer that can get the email (extract by regex or any other method), now, if ...
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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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What kind of people are unable to use mouse and how many are out there on avg.?

Out of considerations for usability adjustments for website visitors with disabilities, I'm wondering what percentage of visitors is, that are unable to use mouse, and use only keyboard for navigation ...
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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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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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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 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 do you make a range input / slider accessible to screen readers for blind UX

download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups How do you make range inputs / sliders screen reader accessible? What is the best solution for making these types of ...
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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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Setting for left-handed users

This application has a ribbon. If you pull a panel opens. For left-handed users it's a little uncomfortable, while opening the panel, arm occludes part of the screen and interferes with their intent ...
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Accessibility (browse aloud) for websites

We've got a housing trust website that we work on regularly (www.citysouthmanchester.co.uk) that needs to conform, as it's not for profit, to various online accessibility indicators. We currently ...
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Do help icons in headings interfere with heading-based navigation?

If I have: <h2> Edit your details <a href="/help?topic=editDetails"> <img src="/images/helpIcon.gif" width="20" height="20" alt="Help about: Editing your ...
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How to convey the “primary vs. secondary” button for screen reader users

I have an application that needs to be accessible for screen readers. This application uses bold text on primary button to convey information about the "recommended choice" like in the example below ...
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What are the core tools and processes an organization should have in place to test web application accessibility

I'm a developer for an organization that is starting to plan out how to overhaul a number of our web applications with a focus on making them both 508 compliant, and truly accessible for users with a ...
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How to find an accessible color by changing lightness only?

Is the following hypothesis true? For any given color: { Hue, Saturation, Lightness_1 } there exists: Lightness_2 such that the contrast ratio between: { Hue, Saturation, Lightness_1 } and ...
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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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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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Is there a demand for web accessibility experts? [closed]

I'm wondering about web accessibility if it has a demand in big corporates as a job?
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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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Legal redactions and accessibility

When publishing legal documents in PDF format, where redactions are necessary those words will be blacked out. If these documents were to be produced as an accessible HTML page, how would these ...
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What words would you measure useability in 3 levels for WCAG Accesibility, keeping it short, simple and easy to understand

So i'm making this WCAG 2.0 tool that needs to indicate to the user how well their sites and pages are doing in terms of Accessibility. I have called it 'Accessibility Usability' which indicates in 3 ...
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Correct Use Of Alt Text When Image Is A Link [duplicate]

In a situation where an image is an important feature of the page, but also acts as a link to a page containing a high-res version, how should its alt tag be populated. In this instance it needs to ...
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Revisiting user-scalable=no

Previously, to achieve the effect of resizing for mobile, I have only ever used width=device-width, initial-scale=1 which worked no problem. I recently discovered user-scalable=no as an option for ...
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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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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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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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From an accessibility perspective, is it alright to use blue text for headings?

Since most people associate blue words/phrases on a webpage with hyperlinks, I know it's a bad idea to use blue text to provide emphasis on a word or phrase within a paragraph. However, does the same ...
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Changing voiceover readout to omit '…'

Ellipses '...' defined as marks or a mark indicating an omission of words or a pause is commonly used as a visual cue to indicate incompleteness. E.g. 'Loading ...' When voiceover is turned on on ...
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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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Page titles for Wizard screens [duplicate]

I'm working on a wizard where users go through a sequence of screens: On the left-hand side I show the title of the wizard, 'Add a foo', above an ordered list of steps. In the main content area, I ...
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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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Usability of linking to target ID on page refresh

One of our partners is building an application I designed and tested in Axure. I had inferred some AJAX interactions with changing and adding some content to a page, but the developers have built this ...
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Web page automatically opening attachments

have been asked to add a feature to our cms driven sites to automatically open any attachments (Ie pdsf, xls, doc) that may be on the page, personally I don't like this idea as it seems to work ...