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Re: feedback on The pattern attribute

From: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 17:39:52 +0200
To: joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie, "Steven Faulkner" <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Cc: "HTMLWG WG" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.usfpsqj1wxe0ny@widsith.local>
On Wed, 15 Apr 2009 17:25:20 +0200, Joshue O Connor  
<joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie> wrote:

> Steven Faulkner wrote:
>> feedback on 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.

This extension of behaviour requirements on the title attribute seems  

Note that as well as title there is rel="help" - that might be more  
valuable here, since it doesn't require the exact patternt to be specified  
inline in visible text, but allows for it.


Charles McCathieNevile  Opera Software, Standards Group
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