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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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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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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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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Why isn't inclusive design being used as a driver for better overall user experience [closed]

Looking at some of the red dot design award winners from last year, I noticed a particular entry in the communication design category that again highlighted the value of inclusive design in creating a ...
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Best practice: <a> or <button> tag? [closed]

I have a section of content that contains the following HTML elements: h4, p, img. Currently, I have that content enclosed in <button> to apply semantic meaning and focus for keyboard only ...
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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 ...
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Using justified type on body copy [duplicate]

I feel like I know the answer to this, but how do you feel about justified type when it comes to common ux principles. My gut tells me not to use it, but I'd like a better reason than that. I'm ...
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Accessibility of JSF's frameworks

I'm blind and I would like to add the support of a JSF framework in my project. I would know if you know of a framework that is focused on accessibility and that has these three components: 1) A ...
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How to add more columns to data grid keeping it more expressive

If i have a grid view like this and i have to add more columns one as link button and one for notes (text) .the table is full of data how to handle this problem:
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Can three dots be used for context menu? [duplicate]

Does three dots in linear make sense "more" in web applications, i have seen them only in mobile design?
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Accessibility - browser or site?

I'm looking for some kind of authoritative stance on this - imagine the following scenario: A site is striving to meet Level A of the WCAG 2.0 specification. In the header of the site which runs ...
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Icon/message for language switch

I have a site in 6 languages and I want to do something creative and not use flags. Ideally it'd be an icon and message to change language which opens an overlay with all languages available, but say ...
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Are smartphones accessible or operable by blind people?

I saw a number of apps on the appStore (e.g. Aipoly) that are aimed at assisting the blind people with object and colour recognition. Before touch screen smartphones I can imagine that the tactile ...
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Grouping login/account functionality under a cart icon

I'm working on an commerce platform which needs account functionality | sign in/register | shopping bag/cart - standard stuff for such a website. The stakeholders are very keen to group all of that ...
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HTML Title Attribute Instead of The Tag Content [closed]

Considering accessibility, can I use: <a href="about.html" title="About"></a> without any content, instead of: <a href="about.html">About</a> Associated with this CSS ...
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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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Showing read only data in a label on a form (508 implications) [closed]

One of the definitions of a HTML label is: The HTML label element associates a piece of text to a control What is the correct way to render HTML when the label itself is NOT "for" another label? ...
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Should a web app remember your accessibility settings after login?

We have a website/app in which users can select the following accessibility settings when on the login page: Language (default is English) Font size (default is 12px for regular text etc) Colour ...
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Homepage Changes Based on Who is Accessing It

I am redesigning a homepage which has 10 places it can take you. Four types of people will be using this homepage. Person 1 can access elements 1, 2, and 3. Person 2 can access elements 3, and 4. ...
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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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Does Canadian Accessibility law (AODA) apply to Internal Web Applications? [closed]

I am working on an internal web app for our clients and have come across a request for AODA compliance by my manager. In Ontario, Canada: it is required by law to comply with these guidelines: ...
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Best way to display different site links (eg Google, Diapers.com, etc)

I have a site which performs different search services. For example, some of my different searches are weather, events, and business search. What's the best way to give the user a way to switch ...
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Text-to-speech button placement on a webpage

My project specification requires we place a listen button (making voice reader active) on every webpage in our system. I'm wondering where to place this kind of button. Many website items (such as ...
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Accessibility What is the different between Data Tables & Layout Tables defining role

In Accessibility What is the different between Data Tables & Layout Tables. Specially for defining role="presentation". for example <table role="presentation> <table ...
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Expanding design principles and practices to inclusive design from accessibility

Accessibility as a design goal worked well in the past when specific design strategies and practices were implemented to cater for people with special access needs to the content or materials on ...
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Nice elevators patterns for imaginative psychology

For a person that could not see, would it be nice to have different elevator buttons arranged into different patterns, not sure which ones, at all, or not? On one hand, it would make things ...
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Primary Navigation Dropdown [duplicate]

Is changing the traditional horizontal text navigation to a dropdown menu as the main navigation point a good thing to do? Someone in my team is suggesting this change but I'm concerned about ...
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Correct way to present an option for visual deficiency (ie. colorblindness)

I would like to present an option for users who have a visual deficiency (specifically, colorblindness) to choose so that the UI can adjust its colors accordingly to best suit them. What should I name ...
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How to adapt an existing iPhone app to iPad?

Is it common to make user interface elements (text, edit boxes, buttons, etc.) larger in an iPad app than in the corresponding iPhone app? Would it violate any Apple UI guideline to do so? I'm ...
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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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On mobile, how should I present a post that has both comments and a main media component requiring a large thumbnail?

Take a site like Reddit for example, where users can post images or media in general and have people comment on it. I want the content and the media to be both easily accessible. My initial plan is ...
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Why Google uses small font in search result page? [duplicate]

I have read in many places that using small font in poor accessibility. I know Google does lot of research about the search and result page design / aesthetics. There should be some reason for using ...
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What default font to choose for desktop applications? [duplicate]

Finding the right font for an application seems to be an art. There seem to be many standards. Arial seems to be used in most applications I have seen, Segoe UI is the standard for Microsoft Windows ...
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Is the cost of creating a separate website for vision or motor impaired users higher than trying to make existing websites accessible?

A little bit of background (feel free to skip): There are a lot of government regulations being put in place to prevent issues with website accessibility under various anti-discrimination acts in the ...
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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 ...