Help messages assist users to correctly fill out a form.
There are two kinds of help messages that you can set up for the users of your forms:
- context-sensitive hover help and error messages
- accessibility (audio help) messages.
Context-sensitive hover help and error messages are displayed when the user hovers over an item in your form. Each field on the form can have its own error message.
Accessibility messages are played by screen reading software to describe each item on a form to visually impaired users. The text entered in this option is not displayed in the when the user views the form, but when the focus moves to the item, an active screen reader will read this message. Note that screen readers vary in behavior, and may provide additional information about the item.
Adding hover help and error messagesParent topic: Laying out pages
Help is displayed to the user when they hover the cursor over an item on a form, or when they enter an invalid format. Help should be concise, yet descriptive so that it helps the user understand the item or correct the error without extraneous information.
Adding screen reader text
This accessibility property lets you include a description of the item that will be used by screen reading software. The text entered in this option will not be displayed in the Viewer, but will be read aloud by an active screen reader when the item has focus.