MacRumors Forums: accessibility

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by grahamperrin, Jun 14, 2015.

  1. grahamperrin macrumors 601

    grahamperrin

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    A shortlist (hopefully not long) of issues that may affect accessibility of the site.

    Whether any of these were present before the change to XenForo, I'll not attempt to guess.

    https://macrumors.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/search?query=accessibility finds nine titles but none with the word accessibility.

    One issue per post, please. I'll begin …
     
  2. grahamperrin thread starter macrumors 601

    grahamperrin

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  3. grahamperrin thread starter macrumors 601

    grahamperrin

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    VoiceOver draws attention to confusing interfaces to search routines

    A magnifying glass. Point, refrain from clicking. An on-screen word, "search". A spoken phrase, "search group". Click.

    Or, a point and then a click on the icon plus a minuscule, inadvertent movement – not enough to move away from the icon – might produce the following speech:

    "Search group. Search forum. Enter your search and hit enter. Search text field. Options group."

    – all before the first entry.

    And so on. Try it for yourselves; enable VoiceOver, squint heavily and then approach the magnifying glass icon as if you had never before used the MacRumors Forums implementation of a magnifying glass search group options group.

    I'm invited to enter a search term. And again: enter. Before the first entry: know that it's a search text field. It's also an options group. Am I to double enter a search term into an options group field? What's a search group options group?

    And/or if I click the icon twice, without double-clicking, the routine sounds very different.

    I can go ahead check with friends and fellow testers who use Macs and who are registered blind … but without going that far, I'm fairly sure that the current arrangement is not nearly as accessible as it should be.

    Background:

     
  4. grahamperrin thread starter macrumors 601

    grahamperrin

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    The change for desktop users should make the interface sound better.

    Vertical line speeches

    Invisible, but spoken.

    If the lines are used for spacing, aim for something less noisy.

    Thanks!
     

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