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Are JavaScriptless forms accessible?

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I consider to make my website's contact form totally javascriptless (only HTML-PHP-CSS --- no JavaScript at all).

  • No modals or alerts
  • No prevent default
  • No AJAX/AJAX/XHR/JHR
  • No form disappearance and replacement with a success message in the same page (rather, a user would be redirected to a success page)

Accessibilitywise, are JavaScriptless forms standard?

If a JavaScriptless form cannot reflect current W3C accessibility standards (in any plausible interpretation of an accessibility expert) than I should stay with JavaScript.

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Some nice data here. JohnDoea‭ 15 days ago

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As indicated by your source using (or not) JS is mostly independent of accessibility since the latter is obtained mainly through HTML and CSS.

As a side note, while not using JavaScript is an option, you must also consider the performance and UX implications of this:

  • client-side validations provide instant feedback and spare the server for extra calls
  • using AJAX (or wrappers provided by modern UI frameworks) calls provide a better user experience because almost only a tiny bit of information is exchanged with the web server and application feedback is better

Depending on the web application traffic and users expectations, these might be more than simple "convenience" features.

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