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The StackExchange sites that have a mobile theme seem to include the following markup in the head (I only checked stackoverflow but I'd imagine the other sites with mobile support do the same).

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0, maximum-scale=1.0, user-scalable=0"/>

This is really really bad for accessibility. There's nothing worse than doing a pinch to zoom in your mobile browser only for nothing to happen. It's not merely annoying, it makes Stack Overflow basically unusable on a mobile device for vision impaired people.

I know that there's a link to the full site on the mobile version, but because the text is so small and I can't zoom it, I was unable to find it for a long time.

Please loosen up the zoom restriction.

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I'm not sure this is ideal or expected, after all most mobile apps don't allow zooming (though they're occasionally still hard to read). I started a Q on UX.SE about the topic though: ux.stackexchange.com/questions/19464/… – Ben Brocka Mar 29 '12 at 17:21
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As with most accessibility issues that I and other people with vision problems run into are usually down to the assumption that everyone has perfect or near-perfect eyesight, or at least eyesight that can be corrected to near-perfect with eyewear. This isn't always the case. – GordonM Mar 29 '12 at 17:35
    
I've...never had any problem zooming. Well, zooming in anyway. – John Mar 29 '12 at 22:33
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We'll activate the user zoom on mobile after the next production build

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Thanks, I can't tell you how much I appreciate that. – GordonM Mar 29 '12 at 21:22
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This needs more thought. It now makes any entry box not fully visible when typing on the mobile site, which is an equally bad usability nightmare. – jrturton Mar 30 '12 at 17:46
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Pinch to zoom is fine, but the auto-zooming when editing is terrible. – jrturton Mar 30 '12 at 17:46

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