How many times have you fill out a form only to find out you did something wrong? Filling out forms over and over is never fun. Especially when it’s not designed with accessibility in mind.
Why accessibility matters
We all have to fill out forms.
Forms allows us to collect accurate data. With accurate data, we are able to improve products and services. However, if we are unable to submit a form due to inaccessibility, we are unable to improve the solution.
With artificial intelligence (AI) on the rise, accurate data is more important now than ever. AI will soon be serving over seven billion people on the planet.
About Deque University
As part of my professional development goals, I’m enrolled in Deque University. Deque University is an extension of Deque Systems where the focus is on finding and fixing accessibility issues on websites and mobile apps.
About the Web Accessibility program
Deque University’s Web Accessibility program is designed for web developers and QA testers. It goes beyond the basics that are covered in a lot of articles online. This certificate is the ninth of the eleven topics listed below.
UX Notice: Each certificate below is linked to my post for that certification.
- Accessibility Fundamentals – Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
- Accessibility Fundamentals – Designing an Accessible User Experience
- Semantic Structure and Navigation
- Images, SVG, and Canvas
- Visual Design and Colors
- Responsive Design and Zoom
- Multimedia, Animations, and Motion
- Device-Independent User Input Methods
- Form Labels, Instructions, and Validation
- Dynamic Updates, AJAX, and Single-Page Apps
What this certificate covers
Deque University provides a certificate for completion for each lesson in their program. Here’s a list of topics covered in the Form Labels, Instructions, and Validation lesson.
- Group Labels
- Instructions & Other Helpful Info
- Dynamic Forms & Custom Widgets
- Form Validation
- Using Forms with Screen Readers
Why this course is awesome
Regardless of what data you are trying to gather with your form, every single question and input field must be accessible.
It’s easy to create a simple form and make it perfectly accessible. However, there are times when designing a form gets a little bit more complicated. For example, using a conditional to create an extra set of questions for additional data that does not appear until after you select an answer that triggers the extra set of questions.
This course illustrated the importance of designing and developing forms correctly so that regardless of the user’s disability, they are able to fill out the form successfully each time.
My Certificate of Completion
There’s a popular saying, “Show, don’t tell.”
Deque University provides a certificate for completion for each course in their programs. There’s a debate online regarding whether it matters that someone has a certificate or not. With respect to the debate, my experience has shown me that it’s easier for my clients to trust my expertise with these certificates.
With that said, I’m displaying my certificate here.
This course really helped me better understand how screen readers work with forms.
It’s not about being able to understand what’s causing the error. We all experienced the situation where we investigated the issue with our form submission. It’s about being able to make forms easy and simple enough to allow the users to successfully submit their information each time.
It seems forms are an area where design and development go hand in hand to ensure full accessibility.
Your insights matters
As a Deaf developer, accessibility is important to me regardless of whether it is online or in the real world. I would love to learn more from you about why accessibility matters to you. Whether it’s something you experience on a daily basis or randomly, feel free to share your experience in the comments below.
In this case, what is it about filling out forms that frustrate you the most?
The more we all learn, the more we all can educate others.