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Questions tagged [accessibility]

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

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Enabled/disabled mod menu options should be more visibly distinguished

Moderators get a menu of things we can do to questions. Some that aren't applicable will be disabled. There's a problem: depending on one's browser and OS it's nearly impossible to tell what's enabled ...
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Can't see that answer is accepted in screen reader

I've noticed that after accepting answers, e.g. this one, I have no indication that it is accepted, using a screen reader. This has been occurring on multiple SE sites. The screen reader reports the ...
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Vote buttons, stars, and moderator margin controls just got a lot lighter

The controls in the left margin of a post -- vote buttons, star, and moderator controls (timeline, flag count, deleted comments) are now a much lighter shade of gray than they used to be. Before (...
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Can't edit a comment without the mouse

If I write a comment, make a typo, submit the comment, and then notice the mistake and want to correct it by editing the comment, I can't do that as a keyboard-only user. If I try to tab to the "edit"...
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Can't view vote counts without the mouse

I can't tab to the space in between the vote buttons that shows the current score, that users with 1,000+ rep can click on to view up votes/downvotes. The focus goes right from the sort tabs to the "...
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Make sure that there's a visual indicator when something has keyboard focus

Not all keyboard-only users are blind. In light of this, one of the main things to focus on in keyboard accessibility is that you can tell when something has keyboard focus. I've noticed at least ...
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Can't access the mod dashboard without the mouse

While I can open up the mod inbox by pressing Q, I can't access /admin, which is linked at the top of that dropdown. While I can use the number keys to get to each item in the dropdown, tab moves the ...
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If someone is tabbing around the site, offer to turn on keyboard shortcuts

Turning on keyboard shortcuts... isn't the simplest thing to do. You have to either previously know about them, or happen to stumble upon them buried deep in your settings. This isn't really helpful ...
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Can't start a bounty without the mouse

It's currently impossible to start a bounty without the mouse. Trying to tab to the "start a bounty" skips right over it; going from "add a comment" to the link to the question in the "share a link" ...
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Allow me to use the standard keyboard shortcuts for closing a question in the review queues

It's almost impossible to review Close Votes from the review queues without a mouse. For accessibility purposes, it would be much better if the same keyboard shortcuts that you'd use from the ...
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Can't decline a flag without the mouse

While this is a fairly rare edge case, I found myself in a position where I was unable to decline a flag while not being able to use a mouse. Trying to tab to the "decline" button skips right over it....
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Can't add a watched tag without the mouse

Next installment in the keyboard accessibility series ;) As I've mentioned previously, keyboard accessibility is an important part of making sure that your site is accessible. Watched tags fail ...
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SE chat is completely inaccessible to keyboard-only users

Keyboard-only access is an important part of accessibility. In my case, it's simply because my mouse has stopped working, but there are many people who rely on webpages being keyboard-only friendly to ...
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Accessibility issue with some site themes

Since I haven't had success posting in the appropriate thread of Academia's meta, I've decided to try here. It's an appropriate place for this issue anyway since, although it's not quite as bad, I ...
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Why bounty messages cannot include line breaks? [duplicate]

I published this question in Unix & Linux StackExchange. I've added a bounty with quite a long bounty message. The original bounty message included 3 line breaks so to be comprised of three ...
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Stack Exchange's keyboard shortcuts are not accessible to visually impaired users

By keyboard shortcuts I mean these: Announcement: Keyboard shortcuts are now integrated into the site. We can switch them on in our preferences. When screen reader or keyboard accessibility issues ...
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Add accessible skip links

Skip links are a fairly common accessibility design pattern that help screen reader users navigate a page. Stack Exchange pages are large and complex enough that they should probably have skip links ...
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Add setting to change default link colors

Can there be a setting for users to change the color of links that they have not followed, the ones they have followed, and the ones they hover over? When I am on the active questions tab of a site, ...
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Keyboard-only users cannot flag questions or answers

One of the baseline principles of web accessibility is that all functionality of a site should be available via keyboard navigation alone. It's an important baseline to accommodate those with muscular ...
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Make the share, edit, close, flag, … buttons more obviously buttons, please?

The buttons for acting upon a question or answer — share, edit, close, flag, sometimes others — are presented as tiny gray words. Here's what you see reading this question right now, for instance: ...
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Keyboard-only users cannot upvote/downvote posts or comments

One of the baseline principles of web accessibility is that all functionality of a site should be available via keyboard navigation alone. It's an important baseline to accommodate those with muscular ...
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Keyboard-only users cannot flag comments in the new comment flag dialog

One of the baseline principles of web accessibility is that all functionality of a site should be available via keyboard navigation alone. (That's guideline 2.1 from WCAG 2.1.) The new comment flag ...
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Can't exit from comment mode using keyboard shortcuts

While browsing through the questions in a mouse and pointer free environment, if someone accidentally clicks on C instead of the intended V, they go to the comment mode on post itself. Intuitively, ...
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Screen reader users cannot discover badges and reputation

There's an accessibility issue with one of Stack Exchange's core features: users who are reliant on a screen reader have no real capacity to learn about and understand badges and reputation, including ...
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Quack Overflow should be more friendly for disabled people

We need a deaf-mute friendly version of Quack Overflow, this is in-line with Stack Exchange police of equality amongst all users. We need to be considerate of cripples and should not be ...
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Will the incoming Affiliate Ads be held to an accessibility standard?

The Web_Content_Accessibility_Guidelines (WCAG) provide a set of success criteria to help devs ensure our content is accessible to folks with disabilities. Will the Affiliate Ads be subject to these ...
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Data Explorer: Shrink query window a little more

The "Query Window" textbox on data.stackexchange.com is already stretchable, but it would be helpful if the minimum height were set "even smaller". When testing quick edits to a query, it would be ...
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As a blind user accessing the site with a screen reader, how can I upload pictures for identification?

I'd like to ask a question on one of the sites, but it would require me to upload a few photos taken at different angles for a better chance of someone knowing what it is. Is there a tool that I can ...
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Do Stack Exchange sites have any features to make them friendly to people with disabilities?

Some people, for example those with dyslexia, will be challenged in accessing most websites, however, if web pages are designed to include them they can make valuable contributions. For example Steve ...
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Spoilers are inaccessible to keyboard users

Several SE sites, including Science Fiction & Fantasy SE, support the tag >! for spoilers. This markup hides the text following the spoiler tag unless the user hovers the mouse pointer over the ...
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Please make the moderator post widget more usable (small UI changes only)

Moderators have access to a widget on posts -- if the browser window is wide enough (I think 1250px is the minimum?), and if your vision is good (it's small and light gray). The widget provides ...
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Edit link for Favorite Tags is not accessible

The Favorite Tags widget which appears on the right sidebar of every Stack Exchange community's homepage is not keyboard accessible because the "Edit" link does not contain a href attribute. The HTML ...
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Chrome on Android: my text runneth over

Yesterday I started noticing some odd spacing on some but not all SE sites in the mobile web site on Chrome (54.0.2840.85) on Android (4.4.4). Take a look at this screen shot from Workplace meta: ...
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Accessibility: how does a blind person (currently) navigate, read text, and play video on the Android app

How can a blind person play a video from Stack Exchange, such as one from Music Theory & Practice.
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Zoom no longer working in mobile web site

The mobile web site used to support the zoom gesture, which I often use to be able to see images and interact with comments. In the last few days this has stopped working for me. I'm using Chrome (...
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Stack Exchange isn't well-readable if images are disabled in browser

I've globally disabled images/Flash/videos in my browser (due to low-speed internet in my village), and there are missing many things on SE. Neither vote buttons are shown: Nor main top-bar ...
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Logos in Migration list should have empty 'alt' values (instead of “icon for <domain>”)

When voting to move a question with "This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network", a list of sites is shown, where each entry consists of the site logo and the site name/link (...
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Make the moderator-only tags more distinct for colorblind users

Currently, on meta sites (site-specific metas and MSE), the only difference between a normal tag and a moderator-only tag is the red text: I have moderate colorblindness (specifically protanopia). To ...
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Make alt-text the tooltip for images in preview mode

This is similar to Also use alt tag as title on images, which asked to make the alt-text serve as the title. However, the OP in that question could not think of a good use case. I can think of a very ...
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Editing toolbar items and vote buttons should be keyboard navigable

I am a blind user of the computer, registered on Stack Exchange few days ago. I am able to use most of the site without many problems. But there are things that need improvement. An example is the ...
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Please format and add URLs to plain-text notification e-mails

In a previous question, someone requested that notification e-mails should use plain text. Using plain text for e-mails (or including a plain-text part in addition to an HTML part) is important for ...
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New mobile chat: please make the “last message” info bigger or zoomable

I'm really excited about the new mobile interface for chat. Unfortunately, there's one thing that's causing me problems right out of the gate: itty bitty text combined with an inability to zoom. I ...
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Why do Stack Exchange sites seem to always forget my login?

It seems that all Stack Exchange sites do seem to be affected by a UX killing behaviour: it seems that every day you have to login again on each of them; they never remember your login. For someone ...
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Issues with accessibility using VoiceOver

I am blind and use voice-over for navigation. Majority of the app works very well with voice-over, however, some text is not spoken. What I have noticed is that it is usually the comments that are ...
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Improve answer navigation for screen readers

Finding the Answers on Question page is not as easy as it could be when using a screen reader. One of the most important tasks when using StackExchange sites, is reading the first few Answers. When ...
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Un-fade low-score answers on click/tap too

Since a couple of weeks ago, answers that are shown grayed out can be un-faded by hovering the mouse over them. This is great especially for users with poor eyesight, who can now read such answers ...
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Setting a minimum font size breaks chat

Setting a minimum font size breaks chat. See Participants in chat have "truncated" names for the backgound. As pointed out by Robert Longson it was caused by specifying a minumum font size ...
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Color of voting buttons hard to discern for colorblind users

I'm red-green colorblind. It's tough for me to discern the difference between the activated and non-activated color on the post voting buttons. Not impossible, but difficult enough where I have to ...
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Unreachable areas in the new navigation using the keyboard

Using only your keyboard to navigate around Stack Overflow (and here on MSE), it is not possible to change the "filter" dropdown using your keyboard. It jumps directly from the bounty indicator to the ...
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Expandable sections on /tools page are not accessible

I'm newly suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome and having to adapt how I use the computer. On the /tools page of Stack Exchange sites, the links for the section headers, used to expand the sections ...