Questions tagged [accessibility]

Questions that discuss the usability of Stack Exchange sites by people with disabilities.

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Images in "Agility starts with trust" blog post have no alt text, making it less accessible

If we have any hope of making technology more diverse and inclusive, we have to make technical learning resources accessible to all. That's a direct quote from "Agility starts with trust", ...
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Option to remove fuzzy outline and restore clarity to the counts on new top bar

I don't normally care much about these things, but the new fuzzy outlines (and related changes) on the numbers of unread messages / rep delta really hit my eyes wrong (and my eyes are already ...
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Can we make post editors and answerers more visually distinct?

I genuinely mistook a post editor for a post answerer. Admittedly this was on mobile view (the layout, not the alternative site mode, as that mode has been removed as far as I can tell) but it's also ...
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Major accessibility regression: question title headings

I'm a screen reader user, and am extremely sad to notice today that on a page presenting questions, questions are no longer inside an heading tag <hX>. Example of such a page with the tag ...
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User Popover avatar img element in chat has no alt text for users

I was trying to figure out what hat smokie was wearing, and I noticed one of the instances of the chat avatar is missing any alt text. I've snipped out the svg source for the hats, so you'll have to ...
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Bug in tabbing order of Share Feedback modal

I've discovered a bug in the tabbing order when the Share Feedback modal is shown from the Review Queue. Select "Share feedback" Click "Submit" to open the modal Ensure that "...
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Selecting "Delete profile" clears selected item in dropdown; keyboard-only users cannot select most options in dropdown

There is a list of topics on contact page: If you select "I need to delete my user profile" the current selection will be cleared: Here's an animated GIF for some details: This also ...
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Please make voting in an election keyboard-accessible

Voting in an election requires drag-and-drop interaction and is currently impossible using only the keyboard. This mode of interaction excludes anyone who cannot use a pointing device, such as blind ...
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"How to Format/Tag" uses "►", creating less-accessible "lists"

The "How to Format/Tag" boxes that pop up on the right sidebar when on a question edit page use less-accessible "lists" with the "►" character. For example, there's this ...
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Blue text on blue background for usercard has insufficient contrast

The colors in light mode have a contrast ratio of 3.22:1: And in dark mode, they have a contrast ratio of 3.59:1: Both are normal text (smaller than 18pt and not bold), which W3C accessibility ...
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Email notices are really hard to read - including overlapping text and side-scrolling

Email notices of new questions matching a filter contain overlapping text. The text is also too small to read, and, when the user enlarges it on a mobile device, it fails to reflow, forcing the user ...
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Text overlap in new-questions email messages in iOS Mail when accessibility larger-text setting turned on [duplicate]

Email messages from StackExchange announcing new questions in a feed are formatted incompatibly with the iOS accessibility setting “Larger Text”. Other senders’ messages’ text is enlarged, and inter-...
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Why is the "load new answers" link so low contrast in this orange top bar notification?

I ran into this top bar notification earlier. The orange looks really off on GD.SE but I can understand a bright color would be used to make it visible. It left me wondering if it was related to the ...
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Provide image alt text for the flair images on the /election page

Inspired by this question. Currently the user flair on the /election [SO] page has no Alt-atribute. This makes it hard to see which users won an election when images can't be viewed for whatever ...
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Are fonts going to be fixed? [duplicate]

There is some weird silence since the announcement of the font change. There are 30% of unhappy users, who downvoted the announcement. Isn't it enough to act? Will there be any kind of reaction to my ...
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User links and edit rejection reasons in reviews are harder to read in the new UI; please increase their contrast ratio

I've been finding some of the text in the new review UI a bit hard to read. The blue background of the UI tends to greatly decrease the contrast of the text, making it hard to read. In particular, it ...
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Can we please get a <ref>erence / [cite]ation feature?

Some stacks (or should I say: all scientific and linguistic ones) have extensive quotation needs, others do try to make people back it up, best with citations to authorities. Some Q&A might cite ...
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Add the font changes as options in our preferences

Recently, SE switched to system fonts which, for many users, has caused a design problem that affects the readability and accessibility. The new fonts seem to complement only certain browsers and ...
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Vote count minus signs not readable in Segoe UI

The recent UI update which changed Stack Overflow's fonts to system defaults makes negative vote counts very hard to read on Microsoft Windows (in its Segoe UI font): How could Microsoft chose such a ...
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"Invite fellow experts" widget displayed on private beta sites has unclickable "Recipient" and "Message (Optional)" labels

On sites in private beta, a widget is shown in the right sidebar to invite fellow experts via email: When hovering over the labels "Recipient" and "Message (Optional)" (yes, that'...
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April 2021 CEO blog post contains inaccessible images

When scrolling through the April 2021 blog post by the CEO, "Accelerating Stack Overflow’s transformation", I happened to have images turned off. While reading, there was a graph included ...
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I can't see anything - Teams banner and cookie toaster obscure my whole screen

There have been issues with the cookie box for a while, but this is ridiculous. It reminds me of late 2017 Stack Overflow, but this time it's network-wide. The banner must be scrolled past (or ...
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Could we (eventually?) have tooltips for emoji?

Twitter has this lovely feature where emoji have tooltips: This has some nice aspects. That lets me know that isn't a curiously shaped rocket, a really drunk snow-witch, or a rectangle. It also means ...
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Menu bar is missing when accessing mobile chat from desktop

I use the mobile version of the Stack Exchange chat, even though I'm using a laptop, as it's easier on my sensory sensitivities as it has far fewer animations - I really can't follow the desktop ...
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Is Stack Exchange accessible for the blind and visually impaired and what can be done to improve it?

Some time ago, I raised a question on Stack Overflow asking for text-based browser support. In the comment section, user Shane triggered a small, nonetheless important discussion, and I quote: It ...
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Some topbar items aren't properly 'selected' when using the Tab key to navigate

When using the Tab key to navigate the top bar, most items have a vertical line to the left and to the right when they are selected. Except for the profile link and the Stack Exchange 'hamburger' menu;...
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Keyboard shortcut to answer a question doesn't work if you have already posted an answer

Found this out here, where I've posted quite a few answers. If you've already posted an answer to a question, you cannot use the A key to answer it again; you have to use the "Add another answer&...
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<2k users can't edit own posts or community wiki posts with keyboard shortcuts

I have tested this on Worldbuilding Meta and 3DPrinting Meta (I have less than 2000 reputation on both sites, so I don't have full editing privileges). Pressing the E key to edit a community wiki post ...
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Improve accessibility by adding a lang attribute to the document

Just ran an accessibility audit using Lighthouse. Among other things, Lighthouse suggests to add a lang attribute to the document, here's why: (from the Lighthouse report) If a page doesn't specify a ...
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Add a keyboard shortcut to visit a review queue

Since I have the privilege, I visit the review queues a lot. It would save a lot of clicks if we had a keyboard shortcut to access the review queues. It should go like: G to go to... R to open the ...
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New highlighting is suboptimal for colorblind individuals

Within the last like hour or so, the highlighting for many languages appears to have changed. Browsing questions now, I'm seeing code like this: And this: I have to say, as a red/green colorblind ...
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Support browser "reader views" to allow user-controlled formatting

tl;dr: SE pages break almost all browser "reader modes." Reader mode is designed to allow users to customize the appearance and formatting of a web page to meet their reading needs. Since ...
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Please revert the line-height change!

Just checking how many people feel similar. At least for me, the increased space between lines makes it a nightmare to read. My eyes lack guidance and just feel somehow lost with so much white space. ...
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Please catch no alt text in the automated question review process

When writing a question, you now have to submit the question to go through an automated review process before being allowed to post it. If the review was successful, it'll give you this message: Our ...
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On podcasts, inclusivity and transcriptions [duplicate]

This originally started as a Discord discussion around the theme of the inclusivity podcast on the blog. Whilst this podcast in particular only really dealt with the theme of color, there are many ...
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Stack Exchange sites with MathJax incorrectly crop the zoomed version of LaTeX

Stack Exchange sites that support MathJax sometimes can not handle heavy equations / a lot of symbols such as a to the power of b to the power of c etc...: The symbols get too small. Now this is of ...
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Flag decline reasons are now harder to read than before; please increase their contrast ratio

It seems like the color for flag decline reasons was changed recently to a lighter shade of red, as part of the global CSS refactor that's been going on for months now. I find the text of flag decline ...
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How do I make voice to text work in SE chat? [closed]

As I recover from a hand injury, I attempted to use voice-to-text in RPG.SE chat. It did not work. It did work in the upper room. (Christianity.SE chat). It did work in the title to the question, but ...
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"The Loop May 2020" contains inaccessible image with no transcription [duplicate]

In the latest blog post, The Loop, May 2020: Dark Mode, there's an image directly after the first line. It contains a chart and looks like it contains useful information, which is nice. However, if ...
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Link to "help us create it" on tag info page is barely visible on Beta Meta sites

The tag info page of a tag without a wiki and an excerpt has a request in place of the excerpt, of the form: The moderator-training tag has no usage guidance, can you help us create it? The link ...
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Changes to the close dialogue have broken keyboard shortcuts for closing a post

When using the keyboard shortcuts previously, you could press m, for "moderation", and then c for "close", to open the close dialogue. This still works. However, after that, you can no longer press 1 ...
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Accessibility and Tables - Could we borrow the markdown used by Jira or similar?

In the excellent question Why are images of text, code and mathematical expressions discouraged? it was rightly highlighted in the answers that text, code and mathematical expressions in images cannot ...
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New red/green background in revision history is too light and not visible

Along the same lines as New red background for deleted posts is too light and not visible on high-contrast screens the new(?) red/green paragraph colouring in the revision history is also too light ...
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New red background for deleted posts is too light and not visible on high-contrast screens

I recently noticed that the red background highlight behind deleted posts is now a much lighter shade of red than it used to be in the past. While I'm generally in favor of having higher contrast ...
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Tables on blog articles are not responsive

In addition to my previous question about the blog's design: I just browsed the article I linked there on a mobile device. Which yields a nice and responsive page. Except for tables, they maintain ...
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Tables on blog are incredibly hard to read in dark mode

This blog article has a table, and so do other blog entries. Tables look similar in all of them, and are very hard to read when viewing the blog in dark mode, as per screenshot below: Do note ...
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Inbox notification text should be darker

The notification font color was recently changed from black to gray (#6A737C): At least for me, the notifications are hard to read now. I suggest changing the color back to black.
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New colors for vote counts are not accessible; please make them darker

A new change rolled out to replace the vote count colors from hardcoded CSS values to branded colors. However, these new colors are not in compliance with WCAG accessibility guidelines. In particular,...
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Did the colors of the vote counts become lighter just now?

I just noticed that the colors of the split vote counts have become lighter than they used to: (ignore the "(6.1%)", that's a user script) Is this intentional?
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Who in the company is responsible for accessibility?

We've had a number of accessibility concerns/complaints lately: "The Loop May 2020" contains inaccessible image with no transcription (May 26, 2020) Changes to the close dialogue have ...
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