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Duplicate General techniques: form validation and alt-text

From: Sailesh Panchang <sailesh.panchang@deque.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2008 14:20:25 -0400
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1. G83, G84 and G85 that relate to SC 3.3.1 and 3.3.3 employ the same
testing techniques: Check if validation errors are described in text with
appropriate tips for correction.
They could be incomplete data, incorrect range of values or incorrect format
or even other (unstated) errors like values entered in one field may not be
consistent with other entries in the form. All  are basically validation
errors. Three separate techniques are not warranted. Merge them.

G83: Providing text descriptions to identify required fields that were not
completed 
G84: Providing a text description when the user provides information that is
not in the list of allowed values
G85: Providing a text description when user input falls outside the required
format or values 

2. G82, G94 and G95: Not clear why there are 3 techniques. There are copious
notes on how alt text / short text alts should be written in different
situations. Significant portions of descriptions for G94 and G95 are
identical. So I suggest: merge all three.
G82: Providing a text alternative that identifies the purpose of the
non-text content
G94: Providing short text alternative for non-text content that serves the
same purpose and presents the same information as the non-text content
G95: Providing short text alternatives that provide a brief description of
the non-text content

Thanks,
Sailesh Panchang
Accessibility Services Manager (Web and Software)
Deque Systems Inc. (www.deque.com)
11130 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite #140,
Reston VA 20191
Phone: 703-225-0380 (ext 105)
E-mail: sailesh.panchang@deque.com
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