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Last Updated: February 11, 2019

Text Input

Text inputs allow users to enter a single line of text.



Use This When

  • Input text is no longer than a single line
  • Users have to input an answer that cannot be easily predicted

Don't Use This when

  • A user needs to input multiple lines of text. Use a textarea component instead
  • Users can only choose from a selected list of responses

Design Guidance

  • The length of the text input should correspond to how much text the user is expected to write
  • Text inputs must have visible labels aligned above the text input they refer to. They should be short, direct, and written in sentence case.
  • Allow copy and paste functionality.
  • Do not use placeholder text instead of labels. Screenreaders do not treat placeholder text as labels. Placeholder text dissapears which can confuse users if they forget the original prompt.
  • Do not break up text input for a single entry i.e three text inputs for a phone number


  1. Do not automatically advance to next input field. This feature is not common and can cause difficulties for novice users and those who rely on keyboard controls. Read more about prioritizing efficiency over expectations
  2. When focused the text box has a blue outline.


In addition to fundamental accessibility requirements, this component meets or exceeds the WCAG 2.0 AA standards by incorporating the following criteria.


As read using ChromeVox

"First name."

"Edit text."

"Last name."

"Edit text."

Colour Contrast

  • Input field border width has been increased for improved visibility



      <div class="text_label">
        <label>Input label</label>
      <input class="text_input" type="text" name="labelname"><br>


form {
  font-family: ‘BCSans’, ‘Noto Sans’, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;
  font-size: 18px;

.text_input {
  font-family: ‘BCSans’, ‘Noto Sans’, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;
  font-size: 18px;

.text_input {
  height: 34px;
  border: 2px solid #606060;
  margin-top: 5px;
  margin-bottom: 15px;
  border-radius: 4px;
  padding: 5px 5px 5px 7px;

.text_input[type="text"]:focus {
    outline: 4px solid #3B99FC;
    outline-offset: 1px;

.text_label {
  display: flex;
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