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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WCAG 2.0 compliance: do I have to support browsers which don't support JavaScript?

WCAG 2.0 has some requirements on robustness: "Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies", but it doesn't ...
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Is placing navigation buttons in the toolbar a good practice from the accessibility point of view?

I designed an iPhone mobile app and now I need to conduct an accessibility review. The requirement was to follow iOS8 UI guidelines and make it look as if it was a native app. For the first time I ...
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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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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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Should off-screen elements be accessible prior to being toggled?

Reading around the web on accessibility is like trying to comprehend the cloud. Too much information, too many opinions, too few real world test cases. Which brings me to my question: Should off-...
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Is it better to rasterize text into a header image or overlay it as text?

If you want to have a fixed header on a web page that also includes text, is it better to make that text part of the image, or to overlay the text in the header frame (such that the text is selectable,...
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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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Dark labels or light labels

Just wondering what your opinions are on html forms. Is it better to have a light coloured label and a dark coloured value or the other way round, a dark label with a light value? What are the ...
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Where should the subtitle setting be in video games?

I was recently playing Dead Space 3 and was trying to turn on the subtitles. I found them to be in the Audio sub-menu. In other games, it can be in the Game or Video sub-menus. As subtitles are ...
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When is it OK to use text as an image?

I'm having a bit of a struggle explaining why we should not use text as an image on a new website build. The design team would like to add a quote pulled from the main content but in order to style ...
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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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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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How many more people do I reach if we build a website that reaches WCAG Level AAA?

So we have decided to make our website more accessible and I'm studying the WCAG recommendations right now. I can clearly see that there is a difference between Level A, Level AA and Level AAA. It's ...
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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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Which one has more career opportunities: web usability or web accessibility?

I'm wondering which one will be more valuable and have more career opportunities. Web usability or web accessibility. Please show statistics or any valid information if possible.
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html element for exemplary content

What would be an appropriate html element to use for a block exemplary content in an article, which illustrates the more abstract rules described earlier? For semantic / accessibility reasons I want ...
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Positioning Enter/Backspace Keys on a Numpad

I'm currently designing a custom numpad for an app but am somewhat uncertain of positioning between the backspace and return button. Taking into consideration user behavior and overall accessibility, ...
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International\?? Standards for light switches? [duplicate]

Suppose a blind person wanted to know whether a switch (such as a light switch) was on or off (also suppose the switch was vertical. Wouldn't it be natural to think that top (=1), would mean on, and ...
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Is using Page's section scrolling good for UX?

A designer is insisting on using this effect on a website like this http://alvarotrigo.com/fullPage/examples/normalScroll.html http://www.thepetedesign.com/demos/onepage_scroll_demo.html You must ...
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Accessibility concerns with outline:none

Are there any Accessibility drawbacks to removing outlines on focus outside of users being affected visually? I like having a little more control over the design of elements than outline provides, so ...
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Animation as user feedback: how to do accessibility here without being redundant?

I have a list of "Texts" being displayed on a list. The user can reorder it when click on an action button, and when do that, an animation works as a feedback to the user. The Texts move, changing ...
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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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Is it “unsafe” to rely only on placeholders (input fields)? [duplicate]

I've noticed that in many sites, the text within input fields are always either label tags and span tags. Twitter's example: (in this case, the labels seem to be inside the input field). I never ...
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using iframe in modal window good or bad?

I am working on a flow that as part of it can ask the user to select an address but if the address is not in the system i am using a modal window to allow them add one so not to move them away from ...
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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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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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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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Should a 3-field <select> date input use fieldset for grouping?

I am trying to do the best for usability and accessibility I use fieldset to group input radio-button and checkbox elements. When I have a date input that is actually 3 select dropdown fields, one ...
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Main action in scrollview

Our app has a similar welcome screen layout to this: http://www.curious-creature.com/2010/08/15/scrollviews-handy-trick/comment-page-1/ The action buttons are at the bottom of a scrollview, so when ...
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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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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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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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Concise description of feature regardless of input device

I'm trying to find a concise way to tell the user that by activating this option he will be able to draw something with just one gesture: whether he is using a mouse or a touch device as primary input ...
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How do you differentiate your UI/UX based on high and low context cultures?

I am researching different cultures and what changes consistently across them. One of the things is if the culture is a high or a low context culture. The only piece of information I've found is the ...
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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: <h2>...
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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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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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Button text based on previous button's context

There's a table with a list of files that need to be tagged before uploading. The table might get longer than the page height, so it's scrollable, and above it there are buttons that work on selected ...
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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: http:...
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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 ...