Adding form fields

Use the Prepare Form tool to add form fields. Choose the form field to add from the menu at the center top toolbar. A yellow pop-up box will appear below the form field. First, give the form field a name (example: social security number), check the required field box if this field must be completed by the user and then select the "All Properties" link at the bottom right-hand corner of the pop-up box to open the field’s properties in a dialog box. Add a Tooltip to provide necessary context/instruction for users so they know how to complete the form field. 

A user adds a fillable form field in a PDF using Adobe Acrobat Pro.

If form field auto-detection is turned on, Acrobat will automatically detect form fields in a document when using the Prepare Form tool. Review Acrobat's form fields and make edits where need be. Check each automatically added form field to ensure that there is a text label/description (see below to learn more about adding field descriptions).

Adobe Acrobat Pro's Prepare Form tool automatically detects form fields in a PDF. 

Tagging form fields

If you have form fields in your document, they must be tagged with a form tag and a form object element. To tag form fields automatically, open the Accessibility tool and select the "Autotag Form Fields" button in the right-hand side panel. This adds tags and form object elements to the form fields in the correct location within the tags tree. 

Please refer to the Adobe Acrobat XI Pro Accessibility Form Guide for more information about accessible forms.

Field descriptions

All form fields need a text label/description in order to be accessible. To set the label, open the Prepare Form tool. Right click on a form field and select "Properties" (or double click on a form field) to review the field’s properties. Specify the name and add a value to the Tooltip field. This should generally be set to match the text used as a visual label for the form control. Select the "Options" tab and specify the default value and the default state, if appropriate.

A user adds a form field description using the Prepare Form tool in Adobe Acrobat Pro.

WCAG requirements: 1.3.1 Info and Relationships, 3.3.2 Labels or Instructions4.1.2 Name, Role, Value