What is Accessibility?
Accessibility ensures users with disabilities and users who depend on assistive devices, such as screen readers and Braille displays, can interact with your form. Formsite forms can support Section 508 and WCAG 1.0 (Level AA) accessibility standards. These are the base standards that are a requirement for government and related websites.
Formsite forms have accessibility built into form items and features wherever possible, but some cases need special attention to make sure content doesn't go beyond what accessibility can support.
Due to the nature of accessibility, your forms must be planned and built with accessibility in mind.
- Make sure all your questions and choices are clearly labeled. Only the text inside the question and choice labels will be understood by screen readers as associated with your inputs.
- Color alone shouldn't be used to highlight important information. Colors should have sufficient contrast. Some users can't see certain colors or distinguish colors that are too similar.
- Image items should have alternate text set. This should be a description of the image for users who are unable to see images.
- Animated images shouldn't flash or flicker. Flashing or flickering at between 2 and 55 cycles per second can trigger optically-induced seizures.
- Use descriptive labels for all form items. Items with labels that are empty or not descriptive won't be accessible for users with screen reading software.
- Ensure any custom HTML you add to your form is fully valid. Invalid HTML can confuse screen reading software.
Some form items aren't able to work in a fully accessible way. For example, a Signature item requires form users to visually draw their signature and there's not a way to draw in a non-visual way.
These item types aren't fully accessible, don't use them if you require full accessibility:
- Image List
- Multi Scale
- Star Matrix
- Text List