The purpose of input fields must be clear and machine-readable.


All users, but particularly those with cognitive impairments, benefit from clearly-labelled input fields. These help users understand what to enter, in what format and how the data will be used.

Users may rely on a programmatic way of detecting an input field’s purpose and entering responses. Those with motor impairments benefit from autocomplete on forms reducing the need for fine motor movement.

How to Pass

Use autocomplete values to:

  • Allow the user’s browser to prefill fields where it already has the data
  • Help assistive technology understand the purpose of the field

See Also

Understanding Success Criterion 1.3.5 (W3C)

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