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[Bug 16835] New: use of title attribute for instructions results in inaccessible content

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Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 11:39:28 +0000
To: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-16835-2495@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=16835

           Summary: use of title attribute for instructions results in
                    inaccessible content
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Windows NT
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: faulkner.steve@gmail.com
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org


the spec suggests user agents use the title attribute for description strings
that may be displayed at any time. Due to user agents not implementing
'tooltips' accessible the content is not available to keyboard only users until
a incorrect pattern has been put in.

"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."
http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/common-input-element-attributes.html#attr-input-pattern

suggest adding authoring advice to mitigate this for example:

"authors should not rely on this method, also provide a description of the
pattern in text so that all users can have access to the information"

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