Questions tagged [accessibility]

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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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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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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What can we do to make UX Stack Exchange badges accessible?

In Stack Exchange, the three main Badge types (Bronze, Silver, and Gold) are differentiated with color alone. This would be challenging for users with color blind related issues to identify Badge ...
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A UI/UX developer with color-blindness. Good or Bad idea or maybe a challenge?

I'm working as a front-end developer. I used to work on JavaScript technologies. But when it comes to UX and about choosing colors and stuff which I'm not able to understand well due to color ...
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Is there an optimal font size / line height ratio?

When styling text on web pages, both font size and line height can be set. For example, the text of this post will be displayed using a font-size of 14px and a line-height of (about) 18px, set using ...
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Why should our website be made handicap accessible?

Personally, the answer is "It's the right thing to do." I'm a web developer for a fairly major news-media site. We are U.S-based but have a global audience. When I initially floated this idea, my ...
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Colorblind: status shapes

I was working on a table, with status icons. I was using colored dots (yellow/red/green color) to transmit the status (success, warning, danger)... Obviously, this is a problematic move if we think ...
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Why are Inverted Colors considered an accessibility feature?

Why is it that, in most operating systems, the "Inverted Colors" display setting is considered an accessibility feature? Both Windows and OS X include this option so it seems to be a ...
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Why did Windows add a pointer trail feature?

So Windows has had, for a while now, a pointer trail feature under the visibility section. But that's something I don't understand. The pointer trail itself is something I find to be annoying, and I ...
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How to convey: "don't move until the task is done!"

Our local public transportation system uses electronic cards (something like RFID technology) to validate rides. Users enter the vehicle and place their contactless card against a reader, and a beep ...
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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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Is there an optimal font size?

For most website projects I've been involved with, the font size for the bulk text is usually 12px - 13px, but I'm wondering if this is a good size. I remember reading an article saying that font ...
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Do disabled buttons still need to be contrast compliant for accessibility?

Very related to this question: Accessible Disabled State but that is about how to style disabled buttons to make them accessibility compliant, but my question is slightly different. Is it actually an ...
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What is the most dyslexia friendly font?

Has any font been proven, in an academically sound manner, to be particularly easy for those with dyslexia to read and as such would be a good choice for any screen text product created with dyslexic ...
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Can stairs have a user experience?

Is there any UX consideration that goes into the design/construction of stairs? I know there are various local building codes and the ADA which regulate these things to some degree but stairs at ...
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How can I check if my user interface is suited for colorblind people? [closed]

I've made a visualization that consists of various colors. Now I would like to test, if also color-blind people can use my application in a meaningful way. Is there any tool etc that I can run to see ...
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How do blind people know where to find Braille signs?

On many occasions I have seen signs, with the equivalent in Braille underneath the text. Which is great. But what baffles me is this: how do blind people know where to find the Braille text? I don't ...
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Should disabled elements be focusable for accessibility purposes?

For example, if we have a set up wizard with 3 steps, and the user is on step 1, should the user be able to focus on the control to continue to the next step, regardless of whether or not that control ...
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Input checkboxes wrapped inside <labels>

I usually tend to wrap my checkboxes and radio button inside their respective labels and was wondering whether this is considered a good UX practice. Pros/cons ? One of my main reasons is that it ...
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Are italics on the web bad for accessibility?

On a current web project, we've received word from the client that we can no longer have any italicized text on the website we are building. When I asked for some reasoning, I was told that "our ...
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Is it a good idea to have a large footer containing many links?

In recent years, it's become quite a common design pattern to have a large footer on every page, containing a 'mini sitemap'. For example: This has supposed SEO benefits but would also seem to be ...
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What are good resources for testing UI design for color-blind users? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I check if my user interface is suited for colorblind people? I'd like to ensure that color blind users experience the UI with sufficient contrast between elements and ...
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HTML label association with inputs; bad UX?

I'm a web developer having a weird UX issue. When I build HTML forms, I ensure that every input's label is implemented through a <label></label> tag and that each label uses the for ...
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Are "print" links needed on a website?

What do you think, does a website for a general audience need a "print" link or will the users know how to print the page for themselves (using the browser controls)? Some background: It's not a ...
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Designing App Interface for Parkinson's Patients?

I am currently in the process of designing a UI for an app to be utilized by Parkinson's patients. I am struggling to make the interface as intuitive as possible, as of now I have minimized visual ...
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Is high contrast mode really useful?

In most operating systems and on some websites there is a high contrast mode, intended for use by visually impaired people. I have doubts, however, whether using such mode makes any sense - from what ...
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How can wiring systems be designed to not rely solely on colour?

Yesterday I was faced with the challenge of replacing the stock radio in my vehicle. The stock radio had broken, and it was time for a new one. As it is, building the proper wiring harness is already ...
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Colorblindness-friendly colors called "green", "blue", "yellow", and "red"

I need to choose a palette of four colors that satisfies the following two conditions: Colorblind people can easily distinguish all four of the colors. People with normal color vision can ...
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Formula for color contrast between text and background

In my Android app a user can choose the color of an item. This color is then shown in background with a text on it. I want to display the text either in black or white - depending on the background ...
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Why is low contrast between active and inactive window title bars considered a good thing?

It seems like recently, there is a movement toward applications forcing a color scheme on the user as well as using custom-drawn windowing elements, particularly title bars, with very low contrast ...
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Colored circles to signify status - a violation of accessibility guidelines?

I'm looking at Google's web-based user interface for managing an enterprise's Chrome devices. Each device's status is represented by a colored circle (see images below). I would have thought that ...
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How does use in bright sunlight affect how a web site should be designed?

We're building a mobile web site that will mainly be used outdoors in bright sunlight. What design factors should I consider?
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Should I switch to a dark theme UI if the app is used at night?

Should I dynamically change the theming of my application based on ambient lighting? My app will be used in bright daylight, as well as in a dark movie theatre, or may be opened at night. I ...
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Why is it inaccessible to create a form with no submit button?

Considering the W3C advice on including submit controls, is it still possible for a form to be accessible if the only way to submit it is by pressing the return/enter key?
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Do we still need text scaling links on websites?

Links/buttons to adjust font size used to be one of the accessibility must-do's but do we still need to include the text scaling links on our sites? Most modern browsers and operating systems support ...
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Selected radio button shows user more content

I tried to search info for my question but I didn't found it. I think I just can't find right search words because this doesn't feel to be very rare case. If you have topics about this I would like to ...
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Minimum font size for mobile view

While designing a mobile app or mobile responsive site, what should be the minimum font size that wouldn't affect user's eye sight?
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WAI-ARIA & HTML5 - Why should I favor the latter?

I want to learn more about how to make webpages more accessible, so I've spend the last few hours reading about WAI-ARIA. Still, the whole concept isn't quite clear to me - HTML5 is part of that ...
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Why would the search input field not get focus when the page is loaded?

Opening up google.com I see that the search input field gets focus automatically, i.e. the cursor is already blinking in the field and users can start typing right away. In contrast, amazon.com or ...
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What is the clearest way to display "less than"?

I'm currently working a sliding filter in a UI that presents a "distance to" option. Which of the following would best in my situation? < 2.1 miles under 2.1 miles 2.1 miles or less Example:
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Does providing screenshots help with documentation manual?

I am documenting the site administrator and content creator roles for my web application which I am working on. The documentation manual walks the readers through how to add, delete, update members, ...
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Should :focus and :hover styles be the same or distinct?

I'm in the midst of redefining a cross-application style guide, and I want to make sure we're accounting for accessibility in the design, including contrast ratios, text sizes, and focus states. One ...
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Is it ok to use h1 and then h3 instead of h1 and then h2?

I am doing an accessibility review on a site but I have never done that before. I read the WCAG 2.0 document which said that the headings have to be in logical order. There is a page with h1s and ...
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Can text shadow enhance readability?

CSS font shadows are often used to help make text stand out (or in, or colorful, or many other fancy things.) I'm wondering if it can be used to aid readability. I know finding the right amount of ...
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How to test a website for visually impaired users?

What techniques should I be using when testing of a website for visually impaired users that commonly occur due to aging such as macular degeneration, needing reading glasses, possible loss of ...
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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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Tools for checking accessibility compliance [closed]

As part of my website designs, I like to make sure that I am adhering to the accessibility standards (Section 508, UK Disability & Discrimination Act, etc...). Can anyone recommend any tools/...
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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 possible (Firefox allow this, as well as xterm and emacs). I know that placing a ...
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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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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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