Stack Overflow for Teams has pledged to its clients to work towards earning a WCAG 2.1 AA certification. In effort to do this, the design guild started tackling elements that failed according to a Deque audit. While working on these items, the team ran into blocker around colors, legacy code, and more. After seeing the team struggle, I stopped the work and reorganized our efforts. This started by redefining the colors and color stops within Stacks, the Stack Overflow design system.
We believe that investing in the accessibility of Stack Overflow will help fulfill our mission to empower the world to develop technology through collective knowledge
By making our site more accessible, we are ensuring that all users have equal access and ability to participate in and learn from Stack Overflow—this is core to our mission of empowering the world to develop technology through collective knowledge. Many customers have also placed accessibility as a gatekeeper to renewals. By creating a more accessible site, we will open ourselves to a wider audience and create more opportunity for our advertisers, talent customers, and collectives as well.
Still being developed, we leaned into APCA after reading research and hearing from our community on what contrast calculation method they trusted the most.