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Re: Obscuring active elements and text

From: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2016 07:06:19 -0600
Message-ID: <CAOavpvdB1YEtm=QH2oSqQq7V5-vy69=nDOejUb4VsXDuDdHTQQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: ALAN SMITH <alands289@gmail.com>
Cc: Wayne Dick <wayneedick@gmail.com>, public-low-vision-a11y-tf <public-low-vision-a11y-tf@w3.org>
Hi Allan,

I have evidence. Obscured tooltips appeared for students as an issue
during March 2015 formal usability testing of Cengage Learning
MindTap. The technology used was ZoomText 10 on Windows 7 in a
University of Minnesota Duluth student lab environment. The students
found them very frustrating. They had no idea what most of the icons
were. It wasn't a  momentary issue. It was a constant issue. The
problem was reported to Cengage. I was not the usability testing
facilitator but a member of the usability testing team.

I have video footage of the testing sessions from which I made screen
captures. Last weekend, from those screen captures I created the
pictures that I posted to our Wiki Open Issues page.

The original screen captures documenting the issue were linked last
fall on the Low Vision Task Force's Use Case Wiki page.  [Laura, UC-5]

Direct links to the images:




I have attached 2 more samples that illustrate the issue happening
with Google Drive and ReadSpeaker Icons. The files are:

Unfortunately, I can't share the video footage as we signed a document
not to share that. But the 2015 University of Minnesota Duluth
Learning Product Usability Evaluation Summary Report is at:

The report states:
"Use of iconography without labels leads to confusion and
misidentification (Issue #6). In the Cengage tool, icons were
misidentified due to a lack of static labels. Hover activated labels
only work if the user is curious enough to hover over each item. When
ZoomText is used, the hover labels were obscured by the larger cursor
of the mouse." The issue was referred to vendor. The report continues
to state ideas to resolve:
"* Use static text labeling that doesn't require hovering to label
icons in the menu
* Keyboard-only users will not see the hover-activated text when
they're navigating the page, so this is inaccessible to them"

Obscured tooltips also occurs in OS X when the cursor is enlarged.
Yesterday, I tested in Yosemite and El Capitan:
1.) Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Accessibility.
2.) Click "Display" then drag the Cursor Size slider to the right from
normal to large. The test page is at:
The results were the same as the 2015 test at zoom levels from 0 and
up with a medium large and a large cursor.

What technology and test page did you use for your testing? So far, I
know it is an issue with Zoom Text and Windows 7 and on OS X with
cursor enlargement. I have never seen it work correctly for a low
vision user.

Regarding tooltips and large cursors Joanna Briggs, Simply Accessible,
has stated:
"Large mouse pointers are frequently used with screen magnification or
on their own to make the mouse easier to spot. When hovering over a
link that has a title attribute, the large mouse pointer covers the
start of the title attribute. Longer title attributes may not fit
inside the viewport with higher levels of magnification. Low vision
users rely on following text with the mouse pointer – which is just
not possible with a title attribute. It disappears when the mouse
moves off the target. In usability testing, we've even observed a user
who was looking for a link on the screen. She didn't know that she
stopped her mouse over a link with a title attribute. That title
attribute hid the link she was trying to hunt down. How do you avoid
these problems? Just avoid using title attributes."

Allan, does that help explain?

Kindest Regards,
Laura L. Carlson

On Mar 3, 2016 4:56 PM, "ALAN SMITH" <alands289@gmail.com> wrote:

> Do we have an actual live example of this?
> When I increased my pointer and did some zoom changes, I noticed I could
> read the tooltip as the arrow pointer would inverse contrast as it moved
> over the tooltip and it was not until right when the arrow changed to a
> hand pointer that it would get covered. But, I could read the tooltip on
> the screen and it was only a momentary instance when the pointer changed
> and I was ready to select the item that this issue we are discussing
> presented itself.
> I would need a live example to see if this momentary instance is long
> enough to cause an issue similar to the concern presented with a static
> image of a hand pointer covering a portion of the tooltip.
> Alan
> Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for
> Windows 10
> *From: *Wayne Dick <wayneedick@gmail.com>
> *Sent: *Thursday, March 3, 2016 5:35 PM
> *To: *public-low-vision-a11y-tf <public-low-vision-a11y-tf@w3.org>
> *Subject: *Obscuring active elements and text
> *Obscuring Functionality or Text* Pointers icons, messages or tooltips
> should not obscure active elements that depend on the pointers, messages or
> tooltips for activation or understanding.
> With large print, especially when reformatting is necessary, large objects
> may overlap. When one of these is a active element operability can be
> impaired. There should be some mechanism to position objects so they do not
> interfere with each other.

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