Fantastic Forms and How To Fix Them

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Presented at 3:30pm in Lakehouse on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.



  • Elizabeth Linnetz, QA Analyst, Primacy
  • Tyrone Mitchell, Senior Front End Developer, Primacy

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: General Conference


A case study describing the process of transforming complex, inaccessible forms into accessible forms.


We were recently tasked to take a client’s main site, along with multiple satellite sites, and bring them into WCAG 2.0 AA compliance. We looked at the structure of the client’s CMS and determined that we would remediate each component to make sure it follows best practices. The idea was that once everything was pieced back together, the accessibility of the site would improve drastically.

We assessed their current forms implementation. Then we created a style guide that allowed us to standardize the look and feel of their forms. We remediated their HTML, augmented their existing JavaScript error checking and implemented it on all forms, and added styling to enhance their usability. We worked with the client to ensure that these changes were consistent with their brand and creative teams. The style guide was then passed along to the client with author content guidelines. We also discuss potential pitfalls in implementation that one should avoid.


  1. Web forms are not inherently accessible.
  2. Creating a style guide for your site
  3. Testing and re-testing is an iterative process

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Elizabeth Linnetz

Elizabeth leads Primacy’s accessibility practice, working across teams to infuse Primacy’s projects with accessibility expertise from strategy and design through development and testing.

Tyrone Mitchell

Tyrone has spent the last 19+ years bringing rich, design-driven experiences to life on the Web. All with an eye on realizing the highest degree of accessibility. For the past two years, he has specifically focused on performing accessibility remediation, making immersive experiences accessible to everyone.