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WCAG 3.3.2: Labels or Instructions

If your site requires users to input data or information—such as in a survey, ecommerce checkout window, or email newsletter sign-up—you should provide labels and instructions so they know what is expected of them. ​ [Source: http://designwoop.com/2014/07/29-checkout-interfaces-ecommerce-web-design/ ] ​ This isn't just helpful for those who rely on...
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WCAG 3.3.3: Error Suggestion

In our post on WCAG 3.3.1 Error Identification , we discussed why it's important to identify and describe user input errors when they are automatically detected. Though that practice is helpful for many users, some may still find it difficult to ascertain the precise nature of an error and correct it; for instance, those experiencing cognitive limi...
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WCAG 3.3.4: Error Prevention (Legal, Financial, Data)

Whenever we buy things online it's typical to see an order confirmation page before completing checkout. It provides, among other things, a valuable opportunity to reflect on your terrible financial decision-making. But this function isn't just so you can enjoy another look at the highly irresponsible purchase you've just made. Everyone makes simpl...
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WCAG 3.3.5: Help (Like a Guidance Counselor, but Better)

You've likely noticed little "help" buttons at times appearing next to certain input fields, like those featured in the image here: [Source: https://uxplanet.org/streamlining-the-checkout-experience-b4b00840884a ] For the past several posts, we've focused on ways you can provide guidance to users who are inputting data and information on your site,...
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WCAG 3.3.6: Error Prevention (All)

In our post on WCAG 3.3.4 Error Prevention (Legal, Financial, Data) , we discussed why it's important to give users a chance to confirm and correct sensitive data or information they may have entered into an online form, specifically relating to financial and legal matters. It's easy for anyone to make mistakes inputting data online, but it's espec...
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WCAG 4.1.1: Parsing

The last few exciting chapters in our dynamic WCAG adventure have concerned the various guidelines of Principle 3, which stresses the importance of making information and the operation of user interface understandable. Now, we will move onto Principle 4, in which we'll go over how to ensure that the content of your site is robust enough to work rel...
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WCAG 4.1.2: Name, Role, Value

A quick note right off the bat: you probably don't need to worry about this rule unless you're developing or scripting your own user interface components for your site, or you're just very interested in WCAG guidelines. For any user interface component—including links, form elements, and components generated by scripts—it is crucial that the follow...
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WCAG 4.1.3: Status Messages

Let's say for a moment that you are registering for something online, but when you get to the page asking for your personal information, you try to move ahead without entering anything (maybe you're lazy, or perhaps you have a Ron-Swanson-like passion for privacy). Rather than advancing to the next screen, messages in red appear under the fields yo...
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