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Re: feedback on 4.10.4.2.8 The pattern attribute

From: Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 16:25:20 +0100
Message-ID: <49E5FC60.6020902@cfit.ie>
To: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Cc: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
Steven Faulkner wrote:
> feedback on 4.10.4.2.8 The pattern attribute
> 
> "When an input element has a pattern attribute specified, authors
> should include a title attribute to give a description of the pattern.
> User agents may use the contents of this attribute, if it is present,
> when informing the user that the pattern is not matched, or at any
> other suitable time, such as in a tooltip or read out by assistive
> technology when the control gains focus."
> 
> This behaviour is not implemented in AT. The announcement of the title
> attribute content is dependent on a range of factors including whether
> the input an associated label and how the user has configured thier
> AT.

+1. Use of the title attribute is something that in particular for users
of AT has traditionally been poor. This is not to say that it /may/ not
be useful but care should be taken in how it is used, unless UAs can be
made to change in the future to support such behaviour.

Cheers

Josh
Received on Wednesday, 15 April 2009 15:26:13 UTC

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