Form controls: accessibility for designers

  • Author: Access iQ ®
  • Date: 4 Mar 2015
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Quick facts

Web form accessibility, although heavily reliant on the markup that displays it and the code in the browser and the server that processes it, is also strongly influenced by the designer.

  • Make webpages appear and operate in predictable ways
  • Help users avoid and correct mistakes
  • Using labels and grouping content helps users understand forms
  • Complex form fields benefit from good instructions

Making websites accessible is not just the developer's responsibility. Web form accessibility, although heavily reliant on the markup that displays it and the code in the browser and the server that processes it, is also strongly influenced by the designer. How a form is designed, how the interactions are conceived and how it appears can lean heavily on the designer's vision for the interaction.

There is a separate topic with extensive detail on making forms easier to use for people with disabilities, concentrating on how they deal with input assistance and errors. This topic concentrates on the form controls themselves, and how you can make them more accessible in your designs.

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