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Add comment guidance has very low contrast text [duplicate]

This showed up the first time I added a comment: The black on dark blue is very hard to read. I think it should use the standard code colour of code. so it would look like: Comments use mini-...
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Hide search tooltip when focus moves away from search [duplicate]

I wanted to test out the new focus styles using the guidance on this comment. When I tabbed into the search box, the tooltip showing how to search popped up, which is fine. But when I tabbed out of ...
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New Focus Styles & Updated Styling for Button Groups

New Focus Styles We’ve released a design update to focus styles across the many components within our design system and as well as a new design for our button group component. See more details on how ...
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Tapping on username while commenting after @ symbol with a high probability leads to invalid system response on touch screen devices

It's very hard to correctly select user name while commenting on mobile devices. Even when tap is marked inside the tooltip with username, as the result system decided that I tapped on the link from ...
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Improve accessible in-page navigation (e.g., for screen readers) by having header elements for answers

When using a screen reader, it's difficult to navigate between answers on question pages I'm wondering if there is any way that each answer could be marked as a heading to make it easier to skip ...
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Your gifs make me sick: Please disable auto-play

On Stack Exchange, gifs play automatically. See the lower part of this answer for an example without too much motion/flashing. To many people, autoplay is merely an annoyance. However, to ...
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I am not able to figure out whether I voted or not and this is wasting my effort [duplicate]

I am not able to figure out whether I voted or not because of the colour of up and down buttons and this is wasting my effort because I do try to vote and then it tells me that I have already voted. ...
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Differentiating clickable and downloadable links in Stack Overflow Blog post

When accessing the Stack Overflow Blog post via mobile data, it becomes crucial to distinguish between clickable links and downloadable PDFs. The ability to identify and ignore PDF links can help ...
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How do I write an accessible Stack Exchange post?

Accessibility is important for making sure that posts and content on the Stack Exchange network can be read and understood by as many people as possible, including people with disabilities. Because ...
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Update: New Colors Launched

November 22, 2023: To help with internal managing issues, you may see a reference number added next to the status tag on your post. These numbers don't determine the order or priority of issues but ...
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New colors launched

November 21, 2023: To help with internal managing issues, you may see a reference number added next to the status tag on your post. These numbers don't determine the order or priority of issues but ...
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Button visibility on not-logged-in panel [duplicate]

It took me about a week to realise this was a dismissible popup—the button is extremely well hidden. Is this the right way to raise an accessibility issue? The HTML is: <div class="flex--item ...
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Is there a consolidated source of accessibility guidelines for users posting questions/answers? [duplicate]

While Stack Exchange itself tries to be as accessible as possible, I have been unsuccessful in finding anything to help users in their posting accessible questions/answers. Is there a consolidated ...
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Podcast Episode Ep. 586 doesn't have a transcript

The transcript for this podcast seems to be the episode notes - and while the title "Developers use AI tools, they just don’t trust them" is interesting, I don't do great with audio only ...
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Colors update: A more detailed look

A few months ago, we let you all know that in order to progress our goal of being more accessible, we would need to redefine our colors within our design system, Stacks. Before I walk you through the ...
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I can't see if I've already voted on something

On many sites, I can't see the slight color change that indicates I've already voted unless I look very carefully. This seems like a massive accessibility issue, given that my vision is above average ...
Radvylf Programs's user avatar
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It’s hard to tell how I’ve voted on meta sites. Please make selected and unselected vote buttons different colors

The only indication of how I have voted on a post is the thin black circle around the vote I have selected. Whereas before, it was much more clear: Please make the unselected vote button arrows the ...
Thomas Markov's user avatar
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The "Describe why you would make a good moderator" box uses "►", creating less-accessible "lists"

This is my third report of the same phenomenon (one, two) and it's the same deal. The sidebar list items look like they're a list to a visual user. However, a screen reader will be unable to interpret ...
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Add a warning about the inaccessibility of spoilers to the editing help

As I pointed out in October 2017, Spoilers are inaccessible to keyboard-only users. That question has two answers suggesting more accessible alternatives, including one that relies on native HTML ...
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Unable to view exact view count on questions with many views on touchscreen devices

For questions with many views (when a suffix is used) there isn't any way to get the exact view count on touchscreen devices. E.g.: On devices when the mouse pointer is available you can see the ...
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Which of the Stack Exchange sites is the best site to ask questions on about how to make large button in a GUI for the visually impaired?

I want to make buttons in GUI very large, but it is unclear which Stack Exchange website to ask this question on. Potential motivators include: creating easy-to-read buttons for persons with ...
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How to view (or browse) simplified pages on Stack Exchange

How can I access simplified Stack Exchange pages? I was browsing, and a clickable popdown tab at the top came by, allowing the switch. However, I am unsure about how to bring it back. Simplified pages ...
Joselin Jocklingson's user avatar
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No tooltip or any other info why the bounty is not awardable for immature bounty on iPad

Before the bounty gets mature (allowed to award) on desktop browser or even on Android I can see the tooltip: Android 13 Chrome (touch screen) after tapping on the icon: But I can't see any tooltip ...
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Keyboard shortcuts aren't marking inbox messages as read

When you click on an unread inbox message with your mouse, it brings you to that item - be it comment, answer, chat ping, mod message reply, etc. - and marks the inbox item as read. However, that ...
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What percentage of images on SE have a meaningful alt-text?

As a follow-up question of Stop image upload completion from stealing cursor focus, I wonder what percentage of images on SE have a meaningful alt-text. Edit: by meaningful, I mean useful.
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Accessibility Update: Colors

As you may already know, we were working on accessibility last year. We took a break about a few months ago to assess how we were approaching the problem and rethink that approach. We never want to ...
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Add a keyboard shortcut for the Winter Bash dropdown

When it comes to inboxes on Stack Exchange, I've gotten pretty used to using the keybaord. I use i for the inbox, r for the achievements notifications (rep / badges), and there's even a shortcut for ...
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User feed URL text has insufficient contrast

I tried the User feed link in the profile page (leading to <site>/feeds/user/<userid>) and I think the background shouldn't be greyed out because if you unselect the URL its text becomes ...
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Font size in the Stacks Editor when editing Markdown is too small; please increase it to match current editor

I've been using the Stacks Editor's Markdown preview mode, and I've found the font size to be a bit too small, which makes the text harder to read for me. Here's how it looks like in Microsoft Edge on ...
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How to find the meta place of each site with a screen reader

I do know the basic question of where to find the Meta of each site has already been asked and answered, but I am still having difficulty finding it. I use a screen reader, and, until I read the ...
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Font of Moderator Agreement is too small (especially on mobile)

For some reason, the font size on the Moderator Agreement page is too small compared to other articles under /legal, the Help Center, or other text throughout the sites in general. This is true for ...
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The "What are Tag Wikis?" editing help uses "►", creating less-accessible "lists"

Related: "How to Format/Tag" uses "►", creating less-accessible "lists" After the previous feature request was posted and implemented, I realized that there was another ...
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New inbox notifications have broken keyboard shortcuts

As of rev 2022.10.27.42994, with the changes to inbox notifications, the keyboard shortcuts for the inbox have been slightly broken. With the old behavior, pressing i will open your inbox, and esc ...
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Close search "help" box on unfocus

I don't specifically require any accessibility features, but I prefer to use the site with my keyboard sometimes. When I tab through the link/input fields the help box that appears below the top-bar ...
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Links should not look the same as plain text

This image shows three users in the comments on German Meta: One of them is deleted and therefore lacks a link to their profile. However, all of the links look like regular text so it's impossible to ...
Laurel's user avatar
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Recent color contrast changes and accessibility updates

Last month, we kicked off an initiative around accessibility. We made the announcement on MSO because originally we had intended for the rollouts to only happen on SO and on the Teams product. Once ...
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My brain cannot ignore the ignored questions due to contrast change. Please change it back

A recent change made ignored posts way more visible than it used to be, up to the point that my brain just can't filter them out anymore. The reason I don't want to hide them is two-fold. Posts are ...
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Code samples in recent blog post about Perl are difficult to read when system is in dark mode

Apparently in the past there have been difficulties with color issues in the blog. The recent blog post This is not your grandfather’s Perl contains some code samples. Two of the first samples, under ...
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Light gray link text in “Share” pop-up is almost illegible

The “Share” button at the bottom of a question or answer produces a pop-up, with the link being selected in a (read-only) input field: The link text is almost illegible. Would it be possible to ...
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Please test design / colour changes in dark mode and site themes

It's become painfully obvious that design changes, especially around colours, are never tested in Dark Mode, at least not for https://stackoverflow.com. These changes affect other themed sites as well,...
Phil's user avatar
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Give us back the light green box for accepted answers. It can be accessible too!

Today the box that indicates if a question has an accepted answer has changed colour. This was done in an effort to improve the accessibility of the site. A noble goal which I generally applaud. If we ...
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"How Rust manages memory using ownership and borrowing" blog post contains numerous errors

First, a quick disclaimer: I don't know Rust (or Go). So I'm going to focus on only things that are obvious to a programmer unfamiliar with the languages discussed in the post. I'm sure a Rust or Go ...
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How to avoid solutions in answers with foundational accessibility issues, in line with Stack Exchange’s policies

Stack Overflow, User Experience and other Stack Exchange (SE) sites are where developers come to get unstuck with their issues, and to learn developing. This target audience are the people who shape ...
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Using the Space key to upvote/un-upvote a comment does not work

Upvoting and un-upvoting a comment is not possible using the Space key. This used to work before: Space triggers confirm dialog regarding reversal of vote on comments Here's a GIF showing how upvoting/...
Justin's user avatar
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New styling on 'bottom-share-links' elements is completely illegible [closed]

The new styling on the bottom-share-links elements cannot be read. It has bad colors and ultra-low contrast. Here it is on ELU for example: First, you cannot have red text on a red background. There ...
tchrist's user avatar
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Use "Review your question" for something useful: Encouraging accessible images [duplicate]

When you use the image uploader, it creates something like this: [![enter image description here][1]][1] This text is invisible to most people in the preview and serves no obvious purpose, so many ...
Laurel's user avatar
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User avatars are noisy in screen readers

The user card currently has "user avatar" as the alt text for the profile picture. This is problematic for two reasons: It's on the image, not the link, so it ends up as both the text for ...
Ryan M's user avatar
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Achievements icon color slightly too dark in top bar when earning a new badge

I just received a new badge on MSE and was surprised to notice the badge notification color is darker than the reputation notification color. I think this is a recent change and the colors used to be ...
bad_coder's user avatar
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The [un-]bookmark and "Unfollow" tooltips for deleted posts are barely visible

In light of some recent design changes regarding the Following and Bookmarks tabs, for questions/answers which have not been deleted, the [un-]bookmark and "Unfollow" tooltips show just fine:...
Justin's user avatar
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Link to candidate you voted for on election page not completely working

In the "Your final votes" section of election pages, when you hover over the name of a candidate you voted for, the mouse pointer seems to suggest you can click on it, but nothing happens. ...
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