Creating an accessible applicationAdded by IBM on October 26, 2012 | Version 1 (Original)
|When creating a form or application, the following information helps you design an accessible form for users with disabilities.
® Forms Experience Builder is designed to make building accessible forms easy. For example, the tab order of form items is set to start at the first item on the page, and work through consecutive items. You will never need to reset the tab order if you need to add items to the top of a form. There are several things you can do to make your forms more accessible to users with disabilities:
Parent topic: Creating and managing applications
- When adding items to your form, give each form item a clear description or name. Screen readers automatically read the name associated with a form item.
- Add hints to each form item by modifying the Click to edit hint field. The Hint provides additional information when read to the user. For example, if your form has a Name field, the hint tells the user your preference for how to enter their given and family names.
- Text blocks are not automatically part of the tab order. Screen readers do not put focus on text blocks, and your users might miss out on vital information. To ensure that text information is not omitted, go to Properties -> Advanced and click the check box beside Add to tab order:. The text is added to the tab order, and is read by screen readers.
- If you add images on your forms, open the Properties window and add descriptive text to the Hover help text in the Basic tab. The hover help describes the image to the user when read by the screen reader.
- You can add text items to your form and have them associate with other form items. This allows you to have various formatting, however you must link the text item and the form item together. For example, you have a Select One item on your form. You want its title to be rich text so it can have a color, background, and format different from the default title. You add the title using the Text form item, which gives the formatting you want. However the text item is not read by the screen reader, and the user might not know what the choice list represents. To ensure that the Text field is read by a screen reader, go to the choice list Properties window, and click Advanced. Insert the name of the Text field into the Accessibility – ID of associated Text item: field. A screen reader reads the appropriate text for the choice list.