Questions tagged [accessibility]

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

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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 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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“The Loop #2” contains inaccessible images with no transcription

The latest blog post, "The Loop #2: Understanding Site Satisfaction, Summer 2019", contains a graph showing percentages of responses to the site satisfaction survey: Coded responses to &...
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Low contrast text — doesn't meet WCAG standards

WCAG standards for accessible text are massively ignored on SE: Placeholder text for the Textarea element: Inactive tabs: "Joined ..." notes: All these elements are poorly ...
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Visual focus on the comment flag icon seems to have vanished when tabbing

When I'm using tab to move the focus around on the page, most things have a visual indication of where the focus is (which is a relatively recent change; thank you). I often use this to flag comments -...
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Tag labels are hard to read, since the font color was changed. Should the change be reverted?

I was hesitating about posting this since it's a very minor thing, but here it goes. Something didn't look right about the SO design today, and after cheching with the Wayback Machine, my suspicions ...
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How can we mitigate the difficulties some autistic users have with pronouns?

A subset of autistic users has reported that they are not always able to use the pronouns that another user requests. The problem The current Code of Conduct is clear on this matter: Using stated ...
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Progress background of gold badges in profile is barely noticable

The difference between page background color and progress on golden badges is so miniscule that I find it hard to see it at all. I see progress on bronze and silver badges just fine, but the contrast ...
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Stack Exchange policy on images and the visually impaired

This question relates particularly to SE Biology, but has aspects that impinge on other Stack Exchange sites. It concerns insertion of images and their viewing by users who use screen readers. Is it, ...
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Since SE is US based, is the new CoC compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

Since there are disabilities, such as autism, which may make compliance with the CoC difficult, what steps will SE take to make sure they are in compliance with the ADA, and what reasonable ...
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Did anyone consider the impact on autistics of recent Code of Conduct changes?

From the answers I see on Official FAQ on gender pronouns and Code of Conduct changes it seems like a lot of people are unhappy because they can't follow the grammar rules they learned back in English ...
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Provide official podcast transcripts

There has been some level of effort to provide written transcripts of official Stack Exchange podcasts. Transcripts for the first four Unicorn Meta Zoo podcasts were posted on Github, and the ninth ...
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Usability issue: Comment voting policy negatively affects people with minor tremor

Like more than 1% of the American population, I have a tremor. It's minor enough that I don't have problems with any apps except for one: Stack Overflow. When I try to upvote a comment, my tap often ...
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Inconsistent accessibility support for gear icons

All gear icons highlighted in the screenshot above offer a similar experience: you can click on it and a "window" opens. However there are subtle differences that may have an impact for keyboard-only ...
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Reputation graph has color accessibility issues

The StackExchange reputation graph looks like it has potential color accessibility problems when showing multiple sites. When hovering over the graph, there are markers with distinct shapes. Great! ...
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Should transcriptions of text-based images be included (only) as alt-text?

Often on Skeptics.SE, we get questions about some viral meme taken from social media which is a graphic containing nothing but text. This makes it difficult for search engines to find the page when ...
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How can I write good alt text?

When editing Stack Exchange posts, a whole ton of them don't have alt text on images. Alt text is important so the visually impaired that have to rely on screen readers can experience and value Stack ...
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Can we have a little more accessibility with the stats below question titles?

The question stats (when asked, when last active, and views) were recently moved into the main part of the page from the right column, which is a big help for some use cases. I just have one small ...
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Does Stack Exchange have an Accessibility Policy?

I've seen several laudable posts on the network and associated blogs about SE's dedication to accessibility and how that informed the types of affiliate ads allowed: This blog post - "...our effort ...
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The privileges page uses problematic styling

Prompt. The things I can do are faded to the point of unreadability, while the things I cannot do are more legible. The hover effect is used to gain readability of faded items, but many devices have ...
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Add a 1px outline to site logos

Would it be possible to add an outline to the logos of Stack Exchange websites? I am using the Stack Overflow Dark user style, and it makes the Super User logo mostly unreadable, and the text of the ...
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Does using code syntax for non-code content causes accessibility issues? [duplicate]

I ask because I was told it does when I was working as web developer. On the other hand, diamond moderator who posted this: https://russian.stackexchange.com/a/19767/12008 insists on using this syntax ...
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Is it possible to make the annotation and flag counters on profiles colorblind friendly?

I have a heck of a hard time identifying whether a user has annotations or flagged posts on their account when looking at the profile page and only one is present. There is an older post asking for a ...
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Color for new events in dropdown is too light

Whenever I get new reputation events, badges, or comments I end up scrolling too far because the highlight is too light. See for example in this image: The regular background is white (#FFFFFF) ...