Questions tagged [accessibility]

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

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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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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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Could the voting and accept links be made normal images so that they don't disappear in high contrast display modes?

Upvote, downvote, accept answer and favorite buttons appear on stackoverflow websites as background images. This limits accessibility of the site: If I view stackoverflow sites in High Contrast ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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CAPTCHA alternatives for dyslexic and dysgraphic users?

If a CAPTCHA system must be included, can it be ensured those of us with dyslexia & dysgraphia have alternative login authentications? Both the audio and character based CAPTCHAs defeat me. 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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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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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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“Decline” text box automatically focuses and breaks tab-navigation

Normally the forms used on Stack Exchange are quite handy to be used with keyboard navigation, since they respect tab order and the buttons can be activated, for example, with Space. When you enter ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Make all the links in user profile page reachable with keyboard only

Sometimes I love to put my mouse away, let it rest, and navigate the site only with keyboard. With enough TAB clicks I can reach any link and activate it - all good. However, in the user profile ...
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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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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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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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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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Improve tab accessibility on login page

My trackpad recently ran out of batteries and rather than replacing them I decided to see if I could get by without it. It is an interesting experiment. One issue I ran into is that on your login ...
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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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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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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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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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Fully enable keyboard shortcuts in review queues

I'm using the keyboard shortcuts quite often to vote posts up or down, and flagging or close-voting them. In the review queues, especially the First Posts and Late Answers, where these kind of ...
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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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The title attribute contains line breaks if there is spoiler text or an image, and is inconsistent between the pages

It seems that while the title attribute for each question link on the front page of each SE does not include the spoiler text or pictures, the line breaks still are still present in the source code. ...
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Careers profile help text is not selectable

Repro steps: Start editing your Careers 2.0 profile. Select a field and notice help text on the right. Try to select the help text with your mouse. Unexpected result: The text disappears as the ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Can zoom functionality be implemented in the iOS app?

Most iOS apps allow zooming capabilities with two fingers via the touch screen. For the most part, I don't think this is all that big of a deal for the Stack Exchange app; however, I just found myself ...
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VoiceOver support is patchy

This is a list of mostly VoiceOver bugs or weirdnesses that I’ve found. I’ve put them all together because they’re all related, but I can break them out into separate questions if needed. Throughout ...
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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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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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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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Best StackExchange site for asking about carousel and accessibility

I'm implementing a carousel slider that I want to make accessible, and I want to get feedback from screen reader users about their preferred way of navigating a carousel slider. What's the best ...
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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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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 ...