Forms and Surveys

Synopsis of Accessibility Guidelines

Adapted from WebAIM's Web Accessibility Principles

Ensure Users Can Complete and Submit All Forms

Whether you are designing a form using HTML, word processing software (Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, etc.), or an online service like Google Forms, it is imperative that you test your form for accessibility. Ensure that users can navigate, fill out, and submit your form without a mouse. Also verify that directions are actually being read out loud via screen reading software. Please refer to WebAIM's Creating Accessible Forms for more information.

  • Put form labels adjacent to or near their controls, so the labels are associated visually.
  • ŸUse the <label> element to associate labels and controls.
  • Group similar elements (such as checkboxes or radio buttons) together using <fieldset>.
  • Clearly identify required form elements. Don't make a field required if it is not necessary. Ensure all directions and cues are readily accessible.
  • If there are errors in a form that has been submitted, alert the user in an accessible way (especially to a screen reader user) and make it easy to fix the incorrect information and resubmit the form.

Ensure Users Can Complete and Submit All Surveys

When you are designing a survey using HTML, word processing software (Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, etc.), or an online service like Google Forms, Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey, etc., it is imperative that you test your survey for accessibility. Ensure that users can navigate, fill out, and submit your survey without a mouse. Also verify that directions are actually being read out loud via screen reading software.

  • Put form labels adjacent to or near their controls, so the labels are associated visually.
  • ŸUse the <label> element to associate labels and controls.
  • Group similar elements (such as checkboxes or radio buttons) together using <fieldset>.
  • Clearly identify required survey elements. Don't make a field required if it is not necessary. Ensure all directions and cues are readily accessible.
  • If there are errors in a form that has been submitted, alert the user in an accessible way (especially to a screen reader user) and make it easy to fix the incorrect information and resubmit the form.

Accessibility in Qualtrics

Accessibility in SurveyMonkey