Increasing accessibility of radio buttons and checkboxes on forms

If you’ve ever tried to use the keyboard to navigate around a form on a webpage, you may have noticed that it’s often very hard to see which form item is currently selected. With most form elements, this isn’t too hard to fix – you can add a border around the currently selected textbox with CSS, for example. But, radio buttons and check boxes are both very hard to make visible.

Following on from some accessibility work that we’ve been doing for a client, we’ve developed a JQuery JavaScript plugin that helps fix this problem, and helps make web forms more accessible. We’ve released this as Open Source, and we’ve called it the JQuery labelFocus plugin.

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