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Best Practices for Creating WCAG 2.1, ADA, and 508-Accessible Forms

Best Practices for Creating WCAG 2.1, ADA, and 508-Accessible Forms

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Written by Andrew Liebelt
Updated over a week ago

As of June 2018, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 are in effect, representing the most up-to-date standards for developing accessible online content. Compliance is measured on the basis of whether a website is Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, and Robust.

Based on WCAG 2.1, we've compiled 10 must-haves to help you set up accessible online forms and applications.

10 Must-Haves to Set Up Accessible Online Services

  1. Allow end users to modify the form’s content to accommodate their needs, including large print, speech, simpler language, etc.

  2. Allow content to be presented in different ways, such as a simpler layout, without losing information.

  3. Make it easier for users to see content, such as separating foreground from background.

  4. Make all functionality available from a keyboard, including form submission and form management post-submission.

  5. Provide ways to help users navigate the forms.

  6. Make content readable and understandable.

  7. Make forms appear and operate in predictable ways.

  8. Help users avoid and correct mistakes when they fill out forms.

  9. Do not design form content in a way that is known to cause seizures.

  10. Maximize compatibility with current and future user agents, including assistive technologies.

In addition to the above, we've assembled a list of elements from our WebForms that are compliant with WCAG 2.1 standards:

The following items are Compliant Restrictive meaning they can be compliant but with extra steps needed like proper descriptions for videos:

SeamlessDoc Online PDFs

While our web forms are compliant, forms uploaded into GovOS Studio Online PDF converter are not guaranteed to be compliant if the original PDF is not compliant.

SeamlessDocs does offer the ability for the end user to download the original PDF which should suffice as a conforming alternative.

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