Testing your forms ensures that the user experience is easy and intuitive.
Tab order should proceed as expected by your users (left-to-right, right-to-left, or top-down depending on the locale), computes should function properly (taking users to correct pages, making items visible or available as required, and so on), and selected fonts should scale properly at all zoom levels so that text is always visible. Testing your forms is especially important for users with disabilities who need to use accessibility tools to access forms. This practice ensures that all visual elements in the form are represented by text that the screen readers can read aloud, that tabbing sequences include all form items and proceed in a logical order, and that the form’s background colors clearly contrast with text, mandatory and invalid fields, and the focus indicator.
You should always test your forms before releasing them for general use. Don’t forget to test your forms using all of the accessibility software that a person with disabilities may use. Tests should include:
- Turn on your focus indicator.
- Use various zoom levels.
- Check tab order.
- Verify that all the computes work.
- Use a screen magnifier.
- Review the forms with the three supported screen readers.
- Use keyboard commands only. (Do not use a mouse - many users with disabilities cannot navigate with a mouse.)
- Close your eyes or turn off your monitor.
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Exceptions to this practice
Currently there are no exceptions to this practice.
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