Content standards for forms

Date adopted: 
February 21, 2018
Last update: 
August 9, 2023

The content on this page is currently in draft as our team finalizes it. We expect to finalize this page in August. In the meantime, if you have any questions, email [email protected].

These content standards were created to:

Content standards for the body of your form

This page lays out the content standards to apply to the body of your form. This includes formatting and wording for common form sections and field labels. You will also find some writing examples to help you get started.

Content standards for the main parts of government forms

This section lays out the content standards for the main parts of government forms. You will see formatting and wording you should apply to your form as well as writing examples.

Common form content errors to avoid

These are the most common content errors forms designers see when they work with departments. Make you check your form for these errors and correct them before you submit your draft.