Best Practices to Follow When Making Accessible Forms

October 25, 2021

When making an accessible form, it is important to remember that your web experience may be different from your users.

There are a lot of disabilities and conditions that can affect access to the web, including:

  • Visual Impairments.
  • Hearing Impairments.
  • Mobility Impairments.
  • Cognitive Impairments.
  • The goal is to make your form easy to use and complete for everyone. While you can create 508 compliant forms with our form builder, you can make the experience more user-friendly for people without disabilities and people who use screen readers and other assistive technologies at the same time. Our recommendations are outlined below:
  • Make sure that your questions and content of the form is easy to understand. Avoid unnecessarily long questions, use plain-language standards.
  • All form fields should be clearly labeled.
  • Use colors carefully. You need to make sure that the colors you select contrast well. Our form builder will warn you if potential contrast issues arise.
  • Include descriptive text alternatives for images in your form. You can set the image Alternative Text  via properties of the image element.
  • If you include links in your form, use descriptive names for such links. Using “click here” names is not considered as a good practice.
  • Following the best accessibility practices usually lead to a good user experience. This benefits everyone.
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