Form Entry Instructions are Absent, Confusing, or Out of Place

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Current Iteration of Issue

Short Description

User has difficulty completing a form because instructions are inadequate

Long Description

  • Avoid making assumtions about what users will or will not know around completing a form and provide instructions to avoid uncertainty and frustration.
  • Instructions should cover any form field requirements, as well as be located so it is clear which form field they apply to.

Example of Issue

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  • Instructions are necessary any time a label or other clues do not make it entirely clear what a user should put into an edit field.
  • Instructions should be placed so it is visually clear which instructions apply to which form field, usually before it. The pairing must also be clear in the flow of the DOM.
  • Instructions must use clear language so a user who is not an expert still knows how to use the form fields.



Impacted Assistive Technology

Screen Reader
Screen Magnifier

Impacted Type of Device


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