An illustration that depicts a group of people with different disabilities, including visual and motor.
An illustration that depicts a group of people with different disabilities, including visual and motor.

Introduction

Every meaningful interaction that occurs on the web involves a form of some sort — for registration, subscription services, customer feedback, and to initiate transactions between users and companies. Forms connect users to your business. Without them, the web becomes a passive experience — something to merely be consumed.

Whether it is communicating through Slack, buying a product, or working through a fully-fledged application flow, forms are always front and center. As a gateway to your application, experience, and indeed your customers, each form you include should be usable for as many users as possible.

In essence,

An accessible form…


A label tag
A label tag

Introduction

Providing labels on your links is an important and useful feature for those who visit your website using a screen reader. The image below depicts a layout similar to what we might see in a blog roll. A sighted visitor to your website can easily see that each “Read More” link relates to the heading and content above.


Red alphabet decors (Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash)

Rarely do my questions on social media attract a huge response. But this one did:

Question a11y pals: Which sounds better or more precise:

‘accessibility fixes’, ‘accessibility embellishments’ or ‘accessibility improvements

I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently and the question:

“Is this … accessible?” I mean, it is for someone…

As I wrote this on Twitter recently, I expected one or two responses but was not prepared for the many contrasting, but equally valid opinions on the topic. My initial thoughts on the matter is that content is always accessible in some sense, in that it can be…

Dan O'Mahony

UX Accessibility Designer

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