Weekly tips to improve accessibility. Thank you for joining us on this journey.
Tip of the Week: Checking form labels with Tota11y
Individuals who are blind listen to content using an application called a screenreader. That content read by the screenreader is controlled by the code, not what is visible on the screen. Tota11y, a bookmarklet that works on almost all browsers, will test forms for errors and let you see the text a screenreader users. It is not perfect but will give you more insight into how individuals who are blind use your site.
Time: A few minutes
Who Benefits: Individuals who are blind
Install Tota11y by going to the site and following the instructions at the bottom under Installation. You will need to display your bookmarks toolbar which is usually available in the menu under the three dots on the right side of most browsers.
Open Tota11y by clicking on the tota11y bookmark. This should add a small black box with white glasses to the bottom left of your webpage.
Click on the glasses
Click on Labels. If you have completely unlabeled fields you will see an error box listing the fields that have problems.
Click on Screen Reader Wand.
Hover over the fields and you will see the text most screen readers will read listed in the Screen Reader Wand box. This wand also works on images and other content on the screen.
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