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Digital Accessibility

Forms in the CMS

For sites built and managed in the CMS, two form options have been approved: forms created directly in the CMS and those created using Formstack.

CMS Forms

Forms created within the CMS have all the tools you need to make your basic forms accessible, but you will still need to ensure that you are following basic form accessibility best practices.

However, for more complex forms that change based on what the user selects or uploads, you will need to use the university-approved form creation tool, Formstack

Explanatory Text for CMS Forms

If you need to add instructions or explanatory text for a CMS form, it should go on the page itself rather than inside the form. Instructions can’t be properly labeled inside the form itself, and any text entered there may be skipped by screen readers.

Creating a CMS Form

  1. Hover over the Content tab to select Assets.
    Omni CMS, cropped to show the Content tab next to Reports, with dropdown options for Pages, Assets, highlighted in a garnet rectangle, and Recycle Bin.
  2. Click New and select Form.
    Omni CMS on the Assets page, cropped to show the green New button next to a help link, with dropdown options for Web Content, Plain Text, Image Gallery, and Form highlighted in a garnet rectangle.
  3. Customize your form by writing clear content for the form questions, error messages, and success message.
    1. Write an understandable Label for each form element. You won't be able to create your form asset without providing each label.
    2. Select the Required checkbox for all mandatory fields.
    3. Add Helper Text for any form elements that may be confusing.
    4. When appropriate, add a Validation method and a Failure Message to assist users in resolving errors in text fields.
      Screenshot of a single-line text field form element in Omni CMS. The Label entered is Email Address. The Helper Text written is Enter the email address you'd like us to use to respond to your issue report. The Required checkbox is checked. Email address is selected as the Validation method, and the failure message is Enter your valid email address:
  4. Click the Create button, then make sure to Publish the asset.
  5. You can now insert the form on your page.

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