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3:2 Design Forms for Users With Assistive Technologies

Relative Importance:

Relative Importance rating of 5 out of 5

Strength of Evidence:

Strength of Evidence rating of 2 out of 5

Document Type: Guideline


Topic:

Accessibility


Guideline:

Ensure that users using assistive technology can complete and submit online forms.


Comments:

Much of the information collected through the Internet is collected using online forms. All users should be able to access forms and interact with field elements such as radio buttons and text boxes.

Regardless of the ‘Relative Importance’ rating assigned by the reviewers, U.S. Federal Web sites must adhere to all Section 508 guidelines (see Guideline 3:1).


Sources:

  • Covi, L.M. & Ackerman, M.S. (1995, August). Such easy-to-use systems! How organizations shape the design and use of online help systems. Proceedings of Conference on Organizational Computing Systems, 280-288.
  • Morrell, R.W., Dailey, S.R., Feldman, C., Mayhorn, C.B., & Echt, K.V. (2002, April). Older adults and information technology: A compendium of scientific research and web site accessibility guidelines. National Institute on Aging Report. Bethesda, MD.
  • United States Government, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (amended in 1998), Section 508. Retrieved November 2005, from http://www.section508.gov/.

Related Resources:

  • Title: Section 508
    Description: Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. IT Accessibility & Workforce Division, in the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy, has been charged with the task of educating Federal employees and building the infrastructure necessary to support Section 508 implementation. Using this web site, Federal employees and the public can access resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508.
    URL: http://www.section508.gov
  • Title: Web Accessibility Initiative
    Description: Guidelines widely regarded as the international standard for Web accessibility
    URL: http://www.w3.org/WAI/
  • Title: WebAIM Section 508 Checklist
    Description: Provides a checklist of 508 items for HTML.
    URL: http://www.webaim.org/standards/508/checklist