Questions tagged [accessibility]

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

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The reCAPTCHA has become too difficult for humans to solve

The reCAPTCHAs have suddenly become almost illegible. I regularly have to change it four or five times before I find one I can read. I am tempted to just enter the known word (an easy guess), and ...
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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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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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May 13, 2010 updates break high contrast Windows mode

With the new updates applied within the past 24 hours or so I can no longer see the vote up/down buttons. For accessibility reasons I found it necessary to replace all website specified colors with ...
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Could image description be input in the Add Image dialog box while uploading images?

When uploading an image, could there be a field to input the caption inside the dialog box? This could work so that as the user waits for the file to upload, he could be typing the caption. Then ...
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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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Encourage people to use alt text

People should be encouraged to use alt text when they upload images to questions or answers. Even experienced users with 110K rep have forgotten to do so at least one times. A tooltip would be ...
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Sort sites alphabetically on the leagues

The league site picker seems to be ordered on site statistics instead of alphabetically: This makes it very hard to find Photography, Physics and Philosophy (for example) since they are nowhere near ...
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How accessible are the Stack Exchange sites for users of screen reader software?

There are some plans to put more information on askubuntu.com which is a Stack Exchange site. I am concerned it may not be as readable to everyone as it could be on a plain wiki. Is there any ...
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Can the status of whether an answer has been accepted be a separate icon rather than a color difference?

It seems to me that the color difference to indicate whether a question has an accepted answer in the question listings on many sites may be too subtle, and indeed may be IMPOSSIBLE to decipher for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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May 13 updates cause major regressions for screen reader users

I am now unable to do anything on the site requiring graphics such as voting or accepting answers. Reputation is also not read properly, mine is read as 856110, I'm assuming badges and actual ...
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Replacing reCAPTCHA

I, like most SE users, am occasionally presented with a CAPTCHA to prove I'm human for one of any number of reasons. At the time of this writing there are 247 questions and 342 answers on Meta ...
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Make comment voting and comment flagging accessible

According to this comment voting isn't accessible. It would be nice if both comment voting and flagging were made accessible to screen reader users since they both have the same issue of needing to be ...
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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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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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Reversing a disability-related post ban

After a year of waiting I am finally able to ask a proper question here and I do expect a reasonable answer. I am a 30 year old Java developer suffering from a brain tumor and the after effects of 2 ...
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Navigate without touching the mouse [duplicate]

I hate touching the mouse, is there a way to navigate through Stack Overflow questions without doing so? I'm thinking something akin to Google's search results (not sure how long this has been a ...
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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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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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Checkmarks on new SE sites are inconvenient for red-green colorblind users

When I ask a question on some of the new SE sites (and every answer has a check mark next to it for me to select one as my accepted answer), it's very hard for me to tell the difference between 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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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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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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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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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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Non visual way to see if a question you asked has an accepted answer?

I currently have no way to tell what questions I've asked have accepted answers. After the vote up and vote down graphics my screen reader announces "graphic check". I know clicking on this graphic ...
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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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Cannot navigate into the multicollider with keyboard - so cannot access main / meta anymore

The original multicolliderâ„¢ wouldn't even open with a keyboard, but the new one can be selected and opened with enter. However you can't actually select any of the options within it with the keyboard; ...
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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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Mobile link colors difficult to discern for red colorblind users

I'm colorblind and have difficulty seeing red hues. Certain colors, such as red and green (LED indicator lights on a modem), brown and either green or red, and (less frequently) blue and purple, are ...
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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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Font size on Android SE app [duplicate]

Is there a way to change font size in the Android SE app? I can't find it if there is one. I consider this to be an accessibility issue. Update-- now beta testing the new upadate, and this feature ...
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I have a mental health issue and it affects my participation on the site

I've been a regular on the site for some time now and am reluctant to come forward with this post, as I'm scared of the repercussions to my professional life. Suffice to say I'm well known, please do ...
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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 "What ...
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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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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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Stack Overflow accessibility with screen reading software?

As a blind user of both Stack Overflow and Server Fault I was wondering if any thought has been given to making the sites more accessible? Most things work well enough such as asking and answering ...
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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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New beta style is much harder on my eyes; looking for CSS overrides to fix

The new beta theme has made some changes to text styling that I find much harder on my eyes. My vision isn't that great to begin with and beta sites, particularly metas, are a lot harder for me to ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...