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Re: added note warning about use of placeholder as a label

From: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 23:39:13 -0800
Message-ID: <CA+ri+V=0onLx++T=zzXgzybJUqDQ1t5B2eOk6TdBTcZE7apCSQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Mallory van Achterberg <stommepoes@stommepoes.nl>
Cc: Jay Munro <jaymunro@microsoft.com>, HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
thanks to you both. I will update the note taking into account your


On 25 February 2013 23:37, Mallory van Achterberg

> On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 12:06:33AM +0000, Jay Munro wrote:
> > --- suggestion
> > Note: The placeholder<
> http://www.w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/forms.html#attr-input-placeholder>
> attribute should not be used as a replacement for a label<
> http://www.w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/forms.html#the-label-element>
> because the placeholder text disappears when the field gets focus. This can
> reduce accessibility and usability of the input control for users who view
> documents using screen readers or other assistive technology, or need a
> little more time to see a prompt.
> Not only because the placeholder text disappears. Some users may never see
> the light-grey-on-white placeholder, some users of AT may never hear it, we
> lose the larger clickable area labels offer, and users may see placeholders
> as default values and consider them pre-filled and skip them without closer
> look.
> Examples of more reasons.
> --Mallory

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