accessibility – Alter Google Docs Font for Neurodivergent Readers

I work at a company that puts a lot of effort into accommodating neurodivergent individuals. Some individuals benefit from fonts like OpenDyslexic, which make it easier to read documents. Many browser plugins exist (such as HelperBird) which can alter the fonts displayed to the user on any given web page.

However, it appears that Google Docs is immune to this. The menus, navigation, and toolbars are all appropriately updated, but the document itself continues to display its original font. Our users are stuck creating a duplicate of the document so they can read it. This obviously impedes collaboration.

While we could type all of our documents in accessibility-oriented fonts, it would be best if each user could select a font for viewing the document—presumably via plugins or accessibility tools. Are you aware of any plugins or add-ons that would enable this behavior?

accessibility – Should you paginate content for screen readers or allow the user to navigate on their own?

For your question:

Do screen reader users appreciate UI’s that force them to focus on one
section at a time, or is it better to allow them to navigate all
sections of content on their own?

This is important to let the user in Control, but it is as much important to provide Guidance.

This is why this is recommended to set focus on a legitimate element after a navigation action is triggered by the user.
(for example, when opening a tab, the focus will automatically move on the content’s title)

For your example:

After answering one question, the answered question slides away and the next question slides in to view. The arrows in the bottom right allow the user to skip a question or go back. JS moved the user’s focus as answer or skip a question.

So for SR-users, you can mimick the same.

What you need to do is to have an information message (invisible to normal users) focusable with TAB, that is also a heading saying for example: “Information: Answering a question will move you to the next one. You can also go back and forth using Navigation buttons”.

Use this header before the question’s header (“Sleep” in your example) to avoid repeating the message on every question

You can now set the focus on the new question’s header automatically when the user selects a result.

then you can add a “Navigation buttons” invisible header before the set of buttons, and you should be fine.

User tests only can confirm if this is working or not

accessibility – Is using the @ (at sign) an acceptible replacement for the word “at” for screen readers?

When thinking foremost about accessibility, is there any issue in replacing the word “at” with the @ (at sign)?

Example 1: “meet me @ 2pm” vs. “meet me at 2pm”

Example 2: “Topic@Company” vs. “Topic @ Company” vs. “Topic at Company”

Does this confuse screen readers or users—perhaps make them think an email address is coming? I couldn’t find any resources on the topic.

accessibility – Should screen readers read the content without tab or with tab?

I am designing a web application, which can be accessed by any visually impaired person. This web application contains various page and each page can have some paragraphs with links, form input fields, collapsible sections and some buttons.

Now when my user opens the page, should the screen readers read the content on my page automatically one by one from top to bottom?

Or

Should the user take control using tab key and navigate through the page and let the screen reader read the content where the cursor focus is?

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What is the defense against this? The article mentions that card readers have a tamper sensor. Is a correctly installed tamper sensor enough to thwart this attack? What exactly does the tamper sensor do, and what happens when it’s set off?

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accessibility – Should a Carousel hide visibly hidden content from screen readers

There’s a carousel on the site I am on which does as most accessible carousels, visibly hidden items are also hidden from screen readers (in this case using aria-hidden). This seems to be the normal suggestion for all carousels which strikes me as weird.

First off the elements in the carousel are statically present in the DOM, so it is just a list of elements that could be read sequentially.

Second of all the display of carousel items is done using css transforms, meaning that from a screen readers viewpoint I don’t think you end up with anything actually changing position in reading order, so you shouldn’t lose the context of where you are – example transform:

transform: translate3d(-200%, 0px, 0px); 

Should the Screen reader still be forced to treat this as a carousel, or can it just read it as a list of content in a region?