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added note warning about use of placeholder as a label

From: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:06:03 -0800
Message-ID: <CA+ri+Vk5erFw9ByLoB21QHmUR7s7gHSs79gwM--Pn70UFLbbhw@mail.gmail.com>
To: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
Cc: HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Hi all,

after recent discussion on list [1] I made some changes [2] in the 5.1 spec
[3] to warn that use of placeholder as a label can reduce accessibility and

Note: Use of the placeholder
> <http://www.w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/forms.html#attr-input-placeholder>attribute as a replacement for a
> label<http://www.w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/forms.html#the-label-element>can reduce the accessibility and usability of the control for a range of
> users including
> older users and users with cognitive, mobility or vision impairments.

I also removed recommendation about using the title attribute for a longer
hint advising instead to place it as text next to the control.

Please review at your leisure, feedback welcome and appreciated.

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2013Feb/0164.html

with regards

Steve Faulkner
Technical Director - TPG

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