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Re: feedback on 4.10.4.2.8 The pattern attribute

From: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 00:59:09 +0200
To: "Steven Faulkner" <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, jgraham@opera.com
Cc: "HTMLWG WG" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.usf94vbowxe0ny@widsith.local>
On Wed, 15 Apr 2009 22:00:22 +0200, Steven Faulkner  
<faulkner.steve@gmail.com> wrote:

> i suggest providing the information in text, as content of the input's
> associated label element.

This is the ideal approach. But despite the value of visible metadata (and  
the problems that people face when asked to provide for example a date  
without specification of the totally inflexible (and slightly odd to  
someone) format required, some people don't want to have "MM/DD/YY"  
messing up their beautiful layout. So there does need to be an option to  
provide a pointer to explicit metadata somewhere out-of-line.

However, rel="help" or aria-describedBy is probably better than the  
suggestion that the title attribute will do it, given that the title  
attribute is a complicated mess of expectations and assuming particular  
behaviour for it has proven to be problematic.

cheers

Chaals

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