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Module 4: Checkpoint summary

All of the requirements and their conformance levels for this module are presented here. This summary can be used as a quick checklist for evaluating web pages.

Checkpoint 1 - Form controls

Conformance: Mandatory

Form controls must have explicitly associated labels.

Checkpoint 2 - Logical source order

Conformance: Mandatory

Form fields must use a logical source order to control tabbing.

Checkpoint 3 - User input validation

Conformance: Mandatory

Validation of user input must occur server-side.

Checkpoint 4 - Process completion

Conformance: Mandatory

Process completion must not rely on client-side scripting or embedded objects.

Checkpoint 5 - Usability testing

Conformance: Mandatory

Each new process must undergo usability testing ( http://www.qld.gov.au/web/cue/definitions#usabilitytesting ).

Checkpoint 6 - Opt-in

Conformance: Mandatory

Opt-in must be used over opt-out.

Checkpoint 7 - Primary actions

Conformance: Mandatory

Provide only one primary action per form.

Checkpoint 8 - Secondary actions

Conformance: Desirable

Clearly distinguish the primary action from secondary actions.

Checkpoint 9 - Terminology

Conformance: Desirable

Standardise terminology across action buttons and links within an application.

Checkpoint 10 - Mandatory fields

Conformance: Mandatory

Clearly label all mandatory fields with the required field indicator.

Checkpoint 11 - Field indicators

Conformance: Desirable

Required field indicators should be aligned in their own column.

Checkpoint 12 - Field notices

Conformance: Mandatory

Display a required field notice before any form fields.

Checkpoint 13 - Label placement

Conformance: Mandatory

Place form control labels and required field indicators consistently.

Checkpoint 14 - Personal information

Conformance: Mandatory

Remove optional form fields that collect personal information.

Checkpoint 15 - Optional form fields

Conformance: Mandatory

Reduce the number of optional form fields.

Checkpoint 16 - Content blocks

Conformance: Mandatory

Separate content blocks.

Checkpoint 17 - Placement of content blocks

Conformance: Mandatory

Placement of content blocks must be consistent throughout an application.

Checkpoint 18 - Content block titles

Conformance: Desirable

Content block titles should use consistent terminology.

Checkpoint 19 - Grouping information types

Conformance: Mandatory

Information types must be grouped together in a form.

Checkpoint 20 - Read-only data

Conformance: Mandatory

Form controls must not be used to display read-only data.

Checkpoint 21 - Progressive disclosure

Conformance: Desirable

Progressive disclosure should be used when appropriate.

Checkpoint 22 - Input error messages

Conformance: Mandatory

Input error messages must be clearly defined.

Checkpoint 23 - Form input

Conformance: Mandatory

Retain form input on error.

Checkpoint 24 - Incorrect form fields

Conformance: Mandatory

Highlight all incorrect form fields.

Checkpoint 25 - Standardise error messages

Conformance: Mandatory

Standardise error message placement and colour.

Checkpoint 26 - Placement of error messages

Conformance: Desirable

Input error messages should appear near the relevant form control.

Checkpoint 27 - Radio buttons

Conformance: Mandatory

Radio buttons must represent ‘or’ options.

Checkpoint 28 - Check boxes

Conformance: Mandatory

Check boxes must represent ‘and’ options.

Checkpoint 29 - Positioning of labels

Conformance: Mandatory

Labels must be positioned to the right of radio buttons and check boxes.

Checkpoint 30 - Radio button and check box options

Conformance: Desirable

Radio button and check box options should be presented vertically.

Checkpoint 31 - Horizontal presentations

Conformance: Mandatory
(when horizontal presentations are used)

Horizontal presentations must avoid close proximity.

Checkpoint 32 - Radio button options

Conformance: Desirable

A maximum of six radio button options should be used per question.