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I usually don’t see any interest in accessibility on lobste.rs, but this particular article is a very good one, so I thought I’d try anyway. It’s a short, clear inventory of top issues and why they matter. It’s a very thorough list. The original Twitter conversation it explains is also a good read.

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    Reminds me of a paper I read that said that people without disabilities also benefit from accessibility. I thought i’d look at this list from that angle.

    Captions are a must, often I don't want to watch you speak poorly
    obnoxious pages are obnoxious
    a giant wall of text means I can't skip a segment that I already know about
    small font sizes suck and everyone knows it
    if your site can't zoom its broken nuff said
    Low contrast means its easy to overlook things, image of text means you can't copy paste to a friend
    Bright color schemes means headaches 
    Relying only on color is an example of not using enough indicators and can be easily overlooked. 
    Mouse focused sites slow powerusers down
    small touch targets are a PITA for everyone
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      I’ve found that the driving force behind actual implementation of accessibility features is driven nearly completely by automated accessibility scanning tools, because these are the tools that ‘ADA trolls’ use to file automated lawsuits against those found to be not in compliance. See chrishofstader.com/its-gotten-much-worse-ada-trolling-a-year-later/ etc

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        I’m interested! Quite aside from wanting everybody to have access to content, most changes to make sites accessible to people with disabilities make them better for my non-disabled use as well. For instance, I hate videos without transcripts, since they’re time- and attention-consuming and impossible to skim.

        Accessibility concerns may get subsumed by more general interface design and technical concerns here, as inaccessibility is usually violating one or the other, and they are directly on topic.

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          For instance, I hate videos without transcripts, since they’re time- and attention-consuming and impossible to skim.

          I’m with you. I often try to dig up transcript of good videos people post here and leave them in comments. Most of the time text with some images is even better than video at conveying the concepts. Well, at least for people without tons of time on their hands. Being able to easily skim while catching at a glace what one would otherwise miss is an advantage for me.

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          The CAPTCHA image actually has a link in there pointing to an audio alternative for those who struggle with the visual aspect.

          The color one is something I struggle with often as a colorblind person. I often find that the things i struggle with tend to also impact non colorblind individuals but to a lesser degree where they wouldn’t complain but I am essentially blocked.

          Stories with similar links:

          1. Accessibility according to actual people with disabilities (2017) via jkirchartz 3 years ago | 27 points | 11 comments