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PDF Accessibility Basics Series: Forms Q&A

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Written by: Kristin Heineman

In last week’s PDF Accessibility Basics Series webinar participants learned how to create accessible text fields, checkboxes and radio buttons. We also discussed best practices for adding labels and form controls. There were a few questions we weren’t able to get to during the live event, so we’ve answered them in this post.

Webinar Q&A

Q: Do you need to readjust the tab order after you add new fields?

A: You need to always check the tab order before tagging the document and sometimes Acrobat adjusts it properly.

Q: When you split that name field, did it automatically update the tab order? Or, do you have to do that as well?

A: Ideally it would update automatically, but you need to check to make sure.

 Q: Will it read the question and then the full tooltip — reading the question twice?

A: Yes, the text will be read along with the tooltip. 

Q: Can you use checkboxes to give the users one option as well as multiple options?

A: Checkboxes allow as many or as little selections as the user wants, Radio buttons allow the user only one selection. 

Q: Why are you placing the boxes on top of the text content? Should it be placed next to the text indent or are they used to just give the user multiple options unlike radio buttons?

A: The placement over the text was not to show the correct placement. Placing the boxes next to the text instead of over it allows one to not worry about it covering the text.

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