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Checkpoint 1 - Form controls

Conformance: Mandatory

Requirements

Form controls must have explicitly associated labels.

Benefits of conformance

  • Increased accessibility.
  • Increased usability.
  • Ensures form controls are addressable (i.e. can be references or linked to specifically).

 

Risks of non-conformance

  • Customer complaints, potential discrimination suit.
  • Failure to comply with accessibility guidelines.

 

Implementation advice

More information

Conformance with this checkpoint will vastly improve the accessibility of the control for users of assistive technologies. This will also increase the clickable area of the form control to include the label, increasing the usability of the control.

Correct implementation: Labels explicitly associated with control.

Correct implementation: Labels explicitly associated with control.

Incorrect implementation: Labels not associated with control.

Incorrect implementation: Labels not associated with control.

Supporting information

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0

Research-based web design and usability guidelines

Roger Hudson – Accessible forms

Claire Paddison and Paul Englefield - Applying heuristics to accessibility inspections

Last reviewed
31 March 2011
Last updated
07 April 2011