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Accessibility: the practice of making sites which function smoothly for users with a variety of disabilities, including blindness, deafness, and paralysis among others.

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Should a website be directly accessible by its IP address?

I found that many websites display their site content only when you access them by their FQDN (example, example.com). When trying to access by their IP address, they show a 404 site not found error. ...
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The aria-controls attribute must point to an element in the same document

I'm running my website through the W3C Markup validator(http://validator.w3.org/) and I'm getting the following error: The aria-controls attribute must point to an element in the same document. ...
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Standards for long format dialogue when published to web

I'm posting some extremely long audio transcripts from 50 minute long radio recordings. I'm afraid that any search engine crawler will read these really long documents and treat it negatively because ...
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How to include canceled Adwords account user credential to invited account?

I need share my AdWords account with another user therefore, as AdWords usual way I send him an invitation. From his end he cannot activate the AdWords shared account with his current Google ...
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Images Maps SEO and Accessibility

My question of the day is about image maps and accessibility. Now it is my understanding that whenever you use an alt tag within an img tag you describe the image which increases the user ...
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Receving an error when trying to access my site with Opera mini: “could not locate remote server” [closed]

I always receive an error when I try to access my site via Opera mini on Android (version: 7.5 build: 33361): could not locate remote server I've used another browser on the same device and it can ...
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Does Google use any “Language” flags / tags set within a PDF file when determining its language?

When determining the language of a HTML page, I understand that Google looks at any language declarations that the page owner has set, and then also applies its own language detection algorithms. But ...
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Content blocks on dedicated pages rather than listed on one page

I am doing a web site for a client. The descriptions for all his services are rather short and precise so I decided to put them all (about 10 of them) on one page and have a sticky menu in the sidebar ...
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Is it still recommended to only use relative font-size for accessibility?

I have read in the past that it is recommended to use only relative sized fonts in web pages of accessibility. Is this still the case? Using Bootsrap from IE7, for example, which uses body{ ...
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Pages wrapped in a form element. What effect would this have on SEO or other machine-readability?

I'm helping somebody with a site and I've noticed that all the main pages are wrapped inside a form. I mean: <body> <form> [ everything in the page ] </form> </body> ...
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we choose to use tables to layout web forms: (how) can we make them valid/accessible?

we are building a site with dozens of very complex forms and we decided that the best solution for us is to make them using <table> but we are worried about accessibility and standards. what i ...
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What are current ADA standards / requirements on images?

I am wondering what ADA (American disabilities act not dental association) currently requires when it comes to images and other things not easily read by webpage "readers". I am currently trying to ...
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WCAG Questions about a web page issuing erorrs if cookies are disabled

I have a question regarding the web content accessibility guidelines. I have been asked to review whether a web application respects the WCAG 2.0 AA web standard. I have to indicate the criteria ...
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Which should I use for mouse over tooltip for image (alt, longdesc, title)

Currently, my webpage images use the alt attribute only. Users complain that their IE8 cannot show the "tooltip" bubble when they mouse over the image. On Microsoft's What's New in Internet Explorer 8 ...
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Ensuring accessible image-based rollover navigation?

I'm building an image-based horizontal navigation bar for a site, as the designer wants a specific typeface, and the font is not licensed for embedded web use. I assumed the best way to do this would ...
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Do invisible headings that aid accessibility harm SEO?

On most websites, I use headings on a page (typically H2) for distinct sections – not only within the main content, but also for sections such as "Section navigation", "Page tools", "Footer". (Usually ...
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DPI scaling - fonts - Browser Compatibility Problems

Many times windows 7 users, go at Control Panel - Display Options and choose a custom DPI setting (ie 110%) to increase font size in cases that they have big monitors and cannot see clearly. In this ...
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Should I be using WAI-ARIA in my HTML website builds?

Should I be using WAI-ARIA in my website builds? Will it have any benefit? Is anyone adding 'role' to their code at the moment? Some info about WAI-ARIA - www.w3.org/WAI/intro/aria. The tab, link, ...
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How can I see my website like a color blind person?

Is there some kind of plugin or service for any browser out there (Mac OS, Windows or Linux) that would let me see a website like a colorblind person would?
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Accessible web design

Not sure if this question is a good fit for this forum, if not maybe some moderators can move it to StackOverflow. Where should I be looking to make an accessible web site nowadays? I remember 10 ...
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Foreground sprites and the alt tag

I would like to reduce the number of HTTP requests in this website I'm building, and sprites would be a simple way to do that; however, for semantic reasons some of the imagery should remain in the ...
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What's the importance of the “title” tag?

Talking with some other people recently, it came up an interesting topic. The core question at hand is: What's the real importance and weight of the <title> tag in a web site? For ...
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How can I browse the Web blind for a day?

"Close your eyes" isn't the answer I'm looking for, but +1 to you if it was your first thought. I'm putting together an awareness campaign called Browse Blind. The goals are to: Help sighted people ...
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Does using onclick on div's effect SEO?

I have a few elements on my page that uses onclick as the link, e.g: <div class="service" onclick="location.href='<?php echo $fields->service_1_link; ?>'" style="cursor:pointer;"> ...
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Critique of SEO of this HTML [closed]

I'm designing a new site which I want to be as SEO friendly as possible, fast and responsive, semantic and very accessible. A lot of these things, embarrassingly are quite new to me. Have I miss ...
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Are Web Safe Colors Still Relevant?

I still remember one of my high school teachers lecturing us about the "web safe colors". A set of 216-256 colors that you should confine your designs to use, and nothing else besides them. Last I ...
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Colour Blindness Filters

Greetings Friends, Is there a standard set of downloadable styles that I can overlay on my graphics to simulate the various types of colour-blindness? Ideally for Photoshop or Fireworks. Many thanks ...
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Publishing A Graphic Novel Online?

My employer runs a writing contest every year. Every year we publish the top three results in each category to our website. No big deal. This year, a category has been added for a graphic novel. What ...
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Tooltips for keyboard users

The title attribute can be used on almost any HTML element, particularly hyperlinks, to provide some additional detail of the element. This is useful for screen readers, but not so much when using the ...
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Pros and cons of horizontal menus versus vertical?

I've long wondered if there should be a preference for using horizontal navigation menus, or vertical ones. I've used both before, on various websites, and can see each having pros and cons. Is there ...
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Should I worry about people disabling Javascript?

Often when picking new tools and frameworks I see the warning "Will not work if the user has disabled Javascript". I then look at my Javascript powered slideshow, Javascript powered menu, and ...
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How to markup non-human-language text in HTML?

Considering the needs of screen readers, browser spell-checking, search engines, etc. how should non-human-language text be marked up in HTML? Should it be wrapped in a particular tag? Is there a ...
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When are accessibility features required?

I've mostly done intranet development and never worried about accessibility features. For a public website, is there certain types of sites or data where specific accessibility features are legally ...
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What tools are used to make a PDF accessible to people with disabilities

In the US sites should be made accessible for people with disabilities. This is often followed for HTML, but ignored for PDF files. Since there is quite a lot of PDF content on the web, what tools ...
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Font resizing widgets: worth it?

I see some text-heavy sites implement the little JavaScript widgets that allow you to choose smaller or larger text sizes on sites. (e.g.: as described on the Guardian's website) Are these little ...
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What are the minimum steps that I should follow to ensure that my web site is accessible to the disabled?

I am trying to follow a very important standard that I must admit I have ignored up until recently. I want to make sure that my pages are accessible to a large portion of people that have ...