Re: Donation Too nerve wracking
I've been talking about tabbing but you can't tab through the radio buttons in this form so that isn't a problem. It appears people either have to down arrow or move by r. If you move by r, you hear the amount the radio button is for and you are on that radio button. But you won't hear the one off and monthly options. If you down arrow you will but those not good at filling out forms may become confused as to what radio button selects what. It may be that you cant tab through radio buttons on a web page in general. I don't do so and I don't know. So I'm not saying you should be able to tab through them. I am correcting what I said about tabbing through the radio buttons because you can't. But the radio buttons should read what they are for whether you down arrow or use r.
Because you can move by r and not hear the kind of donation you will be making, I think, as I said before, that there should be links to the parts of the form for making either monthly or one off donations.
And if you are going to have links to different kinds of donation options, would radio buttons or combo boxes be better to use in terms of what would be easier for those not good at filling out forms to use?
I am now writing largely in the context of whether developers want to educate or make the form as easy as possible to use. At this point, I am addressing how to make it as easy as possible to use, whether instructions are provided or not.
And if combo boxes are used, they shouldn't be the JAVA kind that take you somewhere when you make a selection and require alt down arrow not to do so. They should register the selection when you make it and leave the combo box.
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One thing I haven't examined yet fully, but which I think is the case from what I looked at, is that if someone tabs through the radio buttons, which they shouldn't do on an unfamiliar form, only the radio button will be announced and not the associated text. Someone who knows how to work with forms well won't find this a problem but a lot of blind people don't know how to work with forms well. If this were changed, it would make it easier for those who aren't good at filling out forms.
That still doesn't tell people if they are in the one time donation or the recurring donation part of the form. The only way I can see as I think about it now, though there may be others, is to have the form divided with links telling people what they will be working with.
In other words, at the start of the form, a link would say something like click here to make a one time donation. On the line below, there would be a link that says click here to make a monthly donation.
As things are now, these parts of the form are on the same page with text telling people where they are. But a lot of blind people tab through a form or through most of it. That is, I believe, the result of poor instruction or of people just picking things up as they go.
The form designers need to decide if they want to help people learn to use forms with instructions and keeping the form as it is, or if they want to make the form useable by people who just tab through everything.
Earlier, I said that the form should not be dumbed down. But on reflection, I'll say that it depends on what the designers want to do, to educate in that context or make something so easy to use that it takes nothing but tabbing.
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Please explain how the form is badly designed. It can't be simpler.
You need to select what type of donation you want. Either you have a set of radio buttons on the Download page, or a set of buttons on the donate page.
On 2/10/2020 2:46 PM, James Bentley wrote: