Understanding Success Criterion 3.3.2: Labels or Instructions

Understanding Success Criterion 3.3.2 Labels or Instructions

Clear labels or instructions must be provided for forms that require input to be entered in a specific format. 

Official Requirements

 3.3.2 Labels or Instructions: Labels or instructions are provided when content requires user input. (Level A)

Why is it required?

Nowadays, most websites have forms for newsletters, free trials or products, etc. that require input from users. It is difficult for people with disabilities to fill up these forms if the instructions or labels provided are long or verbose. It becomes harder for users if there are specific rules for instructions to be entered in forms. 

How do we fix it?

Provide clear instructions wherever the user needs to provide input in a distinct format. For example, the field requiring users to enter a date should have initial text like dd/mm/yyyy for ease of understanding. 

Mistakes to avoid

Missing instructions are for relevant fields.

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Aditya Bikkani

Aditya is the COO of AELData, a growing technology company in the Digital Publishing and Education sectors. He is also an entrepreneur and founder of an accessibility tool called LERA. A W3C COGA (Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility) Community Member Aditya contributes to researching methodologies to improve web accessibility and usability for people with cognitive and learning disabilities.

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