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How Can I Make My Forms Accessible

How Can I Make My Forms Accessible

You may wonder what accessibility means in terms of the web and your forms? In short, it is a principle and practice of providing accessible sites. It focuses on enabling access to your sites for as many people as possible; for people with disabilities, or special needs, or enabling access through the use of assistive technology such as screen readers, voice recognition programs, screen enlargement applications, etc.

We are excited to announce our improvements in the forms' accessibility. JotForm builder lets you create accessible forms that are Section 508 and WCAG 2.1 Level A and Level AA compliant. You will find out how to enable accessibility and a short FAQ below.

To make your form accessible, open it in the form editor, then go to:

1) Settings.
2) Click on the Form Settings.
3) Click on the Show More Options.

4) Switch the Form Accessibility option to Enabled

Our form builder will analyze the form, and if any accessibility issues detected, warn you on the aspects that should be fixed to make the form accessible. For example, if there is not enough contrast, a field is missing a label, an image has no alternative text, an unsupported widget is used, or other issues detected, you will see warnings in the editor.

All you need to do is to adjust the form to address detected issues if there are any. When there are no warnings displayed, it means that your form is accessible.

We also offer ready-to-use accessible color schemes for both classic and card layout forms. These color schemes are specially tailored for the best accessibility. They are marked with a little human body icon in the form designer.

You may also find a list of common questions and answers on the forms accessibility topic below.

What is Section 508 and WCAG compliance?

Section 508 is a United States federal law that requires federal agencies to procure, create, use and maintain information and communications technology (ICT) that is accessible to people with disabilities.

WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) is an international standard for web content accessibility. The WCAG guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities.

Who needs to be Section 508 compliant?

Section 508 applies to all agencies that receive federal funding. This includes government agencies, non-profit organizations that receive federal funding, public K–12 schools, and public colleges and universities.

Can I enable Form Accessibility on an existing form or do I need to create a new form?

The Form Accessibility can be enabled on your existing forms as well as on the new forms.

What fields can I use for accessible forms?

You can use all basic fields, payment fields, and most widgets used. If a specific widget is not supported, you will see a warning in the editor.

What is a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)? Do you offer it?

VPAT provides a comprehensive breakdown of how a specific product or technology follows Section 508 and WCAG compliance standards. If your company is required by law to follow accessibility guidelines, review JotForm VPAT.

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  • uofsc_cmcis

    I have this form enabled and the accessibility option is enabled, but it doesn't pass siteimprov's accessibility checker. It totally fails!!!! What's up with this????

    The images don't have alt text or anything like that. How do I mark them as decorative?

  • racc_webmaster

    Two things....

    1. Why isn't JotForm's captcha meet accessibility standards?

    2. I stopped using Google's captcha because I was getting complaints from users that the Google captcha wasn't loading into the form they were using. So I removed Google's captcha from all of our forms and now use only JotForms.

    Thank you,
    Ronald M Kelly