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WCAG standards for accessible text are massively ignored on SE:

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Inactive tabs:

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All these elements are poorly visible due to low contrast. As per the WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 1.4.3 - for minimum contrast

visual presentation of text and images of text has a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1

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    As I posted in a comment to your other question, rather than hoping, users with accessibility issues mostly need to work out their own solutions. By the way, I feel both your questions are accessibility issues which should be viewed more sympathetically! – DK Bose Dec 30 '19 at 6:15
  • Tell that to the designers of Windows Aero and of Ubuntu (all hinders effective use - you have learn the number of TABs by heart to avoid using the harmful rodent). – P.Mort. - forgot Clay Shirky_q Dec 30 '19 at 20:26
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    hypothetically - I suspect those things are low contrast to make them less obvious. What would be a way to do that while maintaining good contrast? – Journeyman Geek Dec 31 '19 at 1:11
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    @DKBose - While to a certain extent, yes, there are ways for people to improve their own experiences and adjust things to suit their needs, that doesn't mean that we shouldn't be trying to stick to accessibility guidelines. It can only help. – Mithical Dec 31 '19 at 6:46
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    @Mithical I absolutely agree with you but I fear it isn't a priority, not just here but on many non-SE sites. There are complaints about grey on grey but it's still common. – DK Bose Dec 31 '19 at 7:02
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    I found this: Incidental: Text or images of text that are part of an inactive user interface component, that are pure decoration, that are not visible to anyone, or that are part of a picture that contains significant other visual content, have no contrast requirement. – cegfault Dec 31 '19 at 12:25

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