What Are the Best Practices to Follow When Making Accessible Forms

November 25, 2022

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 forms easy to be used and complete for everyone. While you can create 508 compliant forms with Jotform’s form builder, you can make the experience more user-friendly for people with disabilities and those who use screen readers and other assistive technologies. Our recommendations are outlined below:

  • Ensure that your questions and the form’s contents are easy to understand. Avoid unnecessarily long questions, and 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 Alternative Text via the properties of the image element.
  • Don’t use blinking or flashing images.
  • Don’t use special fonts.
  • If you create a form in a language different from English or have added a language to your form, make sure that the form fields and warnings are translated.
  • If you include links in your form, use descriptive names for the links. Using “click here” or similar that isn’t descriptive is not considered a good practice.

Following the best accessibility practices usually lead to a good user experience. This benefits everyone.

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