Questions tagged [accessibility]

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

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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) ...
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Search functionality is easy to miss on Stack Exchange sites

Came to the Parenting site and it took a while to find the search functionality. This blends into the top bar so much it would certainly take forever to find the search window being hidden in plain ...
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Deleted posts could create confusion for colour blind users; is there something to be done about it?

I'm a mod on Game Development and today, in chat, a user has asked me to delete something they mistakenly posted as an answer instead of a comment. And so I went ahead and deleted the answer. But ...
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What testing is done on 'April Fool' pranks?

So, we have just had an 'April Fools' jape that activated on 31st March for many people wan't capable of being disabled site-wide (although this has been fixed) isn't capable of being disabled ...
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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-only 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 (...