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People using screen readers are not able to see the layout of a form. To make forms accessible, they must define explicit text labels for each form control.

Usually the best solution is to use a <label> element. The label may be linked to by the form control:

<label for="name">Full name</label>
<input type="name" id="name">

or the <label> can be wrapped around the form control:

<label>
    Full name <input type="name">
</label>

Buttons are different, as their labels are specified by the code for the button, e.g.

<input type="submit" value="Send message">
<button>Send message</button>

Alternatively ARIA attributes, such as aria-label may be used, but this information will not be conveyed to visual users. For more information, see W3C's guide to labeling controls.

Hidden input fields (<input type="hidden">) do not require labels. Note that the placeholder attribute should not be used as an alternative to a label.



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<input type="text" id="txtSiteSearch" class="headertopmainsearchtext" placeholder="Search bath.ac.uk"> 12
<input type="submit" name="ctl00$frameworkHeader$btnSiteSearch" value onclick="runSiteSearch();return false;" id="ctl00_frameworkHeader_btnSiteSearch" class="headertopmainsearchbutton"> 11
<select name="url">...</select> 4
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<input maxlength="255" size="16" name="q" tabindex="1" onfocus="if (this.value == 'search Physics') {this.value=''}" value="search" type="text"> 3
<input name="ctl00$ctl10$txtSearch" type="text" id="ctl00_ctl10_txtSearch" class="searchbartext" placeholder="Search for a job"> 2
<input type="submit" name="ctl00$ctl10$btnSearch2" value id="ctl00_ctl10_btnSearch2" class="searchbuttonbase searchbarbutton"> 2
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