Questions tagged [accessibility]

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

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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 ...
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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,...
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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/...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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:...
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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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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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Questions with ignored tags are displayed in grayscale instead of lower opacity [duplicate]

I just noticed that along with the recent changes to questions lists, questions with ignored tags on the home page are now displayed in grayscale instead of showing them in lower opacity1. This is how ...
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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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Text in table in blog post Stack Overflow Badge Feedback is hard to read in dark mode

I was reading the blog article Stack Overflow Badge Feedback. The text in the second column of the table is tough to read in dark mode because of the grey background colour. Please fix the background ...
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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 ...