Document Type: Standard
HHS must clearly and consistently distinguish required data entry fields from optional data entry fields. HHS must use ONE of the following approaches to distinguish required data entry fields:
Users should be able to easily determine which data entry fields are required and which are optional. Many sites are currently using an asterisk in front of the label for required fields. Some sites cluster required and optional fields to assist the user.
To comply with Section 508, it is not sufficient to use color or bold to emphasize required fields. Colorblind users or those using screen readers will not get the information.
Bailey, 1996; Fowler, 1998; Morrell, et al., 2002; Tullis and Pons, 1997.
Related Web Standards and Usability Guidelines: