Use the fieldset and legend elements to group HTML form controls
legend elements, which should always be used together, allow you to create and name groups of related input fields in HTML forms. By doing this you help users understand how the input fields are related.
How the grouping is conveyed to the user depends mainly on whether the user is sighted or not. Most graphical web browsers draw a border around
fieldset elements and render the
legend element on top of the border, while screen readers may speak the legend text at the start of each fieldset or before each form control within a fieldset.
Since some screen readers will announce the legend text before each form control, it is important to keep the legend text concise and consider how the legend and label texts will work when put together.
Here is a simple example of a
fieldset element used to group related radio buttons:
<input type="radio" name="fav-col" id="fav-col-1" value="red">
<input type="radio" name="fav-col" id="fav-col-2" value="green">
<input type="radio" name="fav-col" id="fav-col-3" value="blue">
In summary: Do not use the
legend elements if all you want to do is create a graphical border around some content on a page. Only use them to group logically related form controls, always use both elements together, and keep legend texts short.
- Fieldsets, Legends and Screen Readers
- Too much accessibility - FIELDSET LEGENDS
- WCAG 2.0, H71: Providing a description for groups of form controls using fieldset and legend elements
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