Skip to main content

Accessibility is a vital and yet often overlooked aspect of web design. While Crowdstack has always maintained a respectable adherence to the accessibility standards (for WCAG / ADA compliance), today, we are happy to announce that we’ve taken Crowdstack’s compliance to an entirely new level. With the Accessibility Release, there have been a number of improvements designed to streamline the experience for those who might have struggled in the past. 

For users reliant on voice navigation (such as through a screen reader), there is now a “Skip to main content” alert that will appear when first tabbing on a new page. This allows users to bypass the header navigation and get right to the meat of the page.

We have also removed a number of hidden elements that would have made voice-directed navigation more laborious than necessary. By removing focusability from elements that didn’t need it, users who cannot actually view the page will no longer have to wade through elements that should not have been accessible.

Screen readers are a vital service for some users, and while most of Crowdstack’s form fields contained formal labels, many did not. With the Accessibility Release, all form elements will have readable messaging making all form fields clear and understandable, allowing users to fully and coherently participate in the community. Along those lines, interactive elements on the page will always have messaging to make their purpose clear without having to actually trigger or use it. From icons to buttons, everything has a message for those that do not gain the benefit of the visual context.

Along with all of these improvements, we have rewritten Crowdstack’s internal design guidelines and best practices to ensure we maintain and improve accessibility of Crowdstack moving forward. Our goal has always been and will continue to be to serve the needs of all Crowdstackers, regardless of special needs.

All of these improvements will arrive early next week!

Add Comment

Comments (3)

Newest · Oldest · Popular

Thanks for making these changes.

Please also look at your font colors on Crowdstack's pages as an "accessibility issue."
Links in "light" blue are harder to read for some of us. It may be a screen or eyesight issue or BOTH but it's something I always notice when I'm on sites (like Crowdstack) which use pale palettes. (May I suggest you switch the two "blues" you use in links on Crowdstack. Use the lighter one for the hover color, and the slightly darker blue for the link's static state).

I also sometimes have trouble with black text that's actually "slightly grey" -- especially when my eyes are tired. A few years ago, "pale" was the design trend and I'm happy to say it is finally fading away.   Designs that have "more contrast" and not less are a a real plus for "accessibility" so much so that they are now an option you see in many operating systems.  Staying away from pale and greyish-black text also helps on screens that aren't as great in various types of light. 


Whether this can be called an "improvement" or not depends on your definition of "improvement."

This was definitely not an improvement on our site. Many of our members are now seeing a red banner at the top of the page that blocks the menu toolbar! That is not an improvement.

Rich Melvin
Link copied to your clipboard.