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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_accessibility2013-01-15 10:39 pm

Inaccessible websites?

I'm doing a talk on web accessibility at LinuxConf Australia and would like to give specific examples!

So, gimme your best examples of websites with specific accessibility problems that drive you nuts. Use of tabular data where it doesn't make any sense, sites with horrible contrast or that won't let you change font sizes, restaurant websites that are entirely flash-based, etc, etc.

Also, if anybody knows of good illustrative videos of a) people listening to a screenreader and b) people dictating to their computer, point me at 'em?
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[personal profile] prototypical 2013-01-16 05:22 pm (UTC)(link)
This is where I admit I wish I knew how to turn it off, but don't!
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[personal profile] lightgetsin 2013-01-17 01:30 am (UTC)(link)
Well, this is a whole other thing. There is a link available to screen readers at the top of the page -- "click here to turn off google instant." I have no idea what they do with it visually -- maybe make it invisible? In any case, it only works for the duration of the session, and doesn't save when you close the window. Also requires cookies. In a conversation with a Google person I had over a year ago, she said they knew about this problem and were trying to fix. So . . . around 2018 then.

You can also turn off javascript, but for the reasons [personal profile] jadelennox talked about, this is really annoying in the google context.
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[personal profile] sophie 2013-02-21 09:48 am (UTC)(link)
I just saw this comment, and I can tell you how to turn it off permanently. You need to go to the Search settings link (visually, it appears as an item in a menu that pops up when you click a button with a cog symbol on it after you've done a search; I'm not sure how it shows up in screenreaders). On that page, there's a section for "Google Instant predictions", with the question "When should we show you results as you type?". You need to change that to "Never show Instant results", then click the Save button at the bottom.

The page doesn't seem to use standard radio buttons, oddly, but the ones they do use seem like they should be accessible.
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[personal profile] lightgetsin 2013-03-02 04:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Huh, good to know. That's definitely new for values of "new" meaning sometime in the last year. Though of course requires always being logged in, which I'm definitely definitely not okay with in a lot of contexts. Oh google.
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[personal profile] marahmarie 2013-01-18 05:56 am (UTC)(link)
There are userscripts on that can turn it off for you, if you're into using scripts.