[thelist] accessible way to indicate that a form field isrequired

Pringle, Ron RPringle at aurora-il.org
Thu Nov 16 12:48:20 CST 2006

On 11/16/06, Sarah Adams <mr.sanders at geekjock.ca> wrote:
> I've read that using a different label colour or making a label bold
> indicate that a form field is required leads to poor accessibility,
> because the different colour might not be obvious to someone who is
> colour blind and wouldn't be at all apparent to someone using a
> screenreader, and that making the label bold would also not be
> using a screenreader.

I think if you included text at the beginning of the form explaining
what the asterisk stands for, you would be fine. And I would also use
color or <strong> or <em> to highlight the required field as well for
all those people who aren't visually impaired in any way. A combination
of the two seems most appropriate and would cover all the bases.


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