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

From: Mallory van Achterberg <stommepoes@stommepoes.nl>
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:16:36 +0100
To: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Cc: Jay Munro <jaymunro@microsoft.com>, HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20130227141636.GA18761@mail.jobva.nl>
On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 12:03:51AM -0800, Steve Faulkner wrote:
> Hi Jay, Mallory
> 
> I have updated the note after reviewing your feedback
> 
> now reads [1]:
> 
> Use of the placeholder attribute as a replacement for a label can reduce
> > the accessibility and usability of the control for a range of users
> > including older users and users with cognitive, mobility, fine motor skill
> > or vision impairments. While the hint given by the control's label is
> > shown at all times; the short hint given in the placeholder attribute is
> > only shown before the user enters a value. Furthermore, placeholder text
> > may be mistaken for a pre filled value, and as commonly implemented the
> > default color of the placeholder text provides insufficient contrast and
> > the lack of a separate visible label reduces the size of the hit region
> > available for setting focus on the control.
> >
> 
> further feedback welcome!
> 
> [1]
> http://www.w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/forms.html#the-placeholder-attribute
> 
> regards
> SteveF

With my G-nazi hat on:
Grammatically, the semi-colon after "shown at all times" should be
a comma. Pre-filled is usually one word when used as an adjective.

cheers,
Mallory
Received on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 14:17:09 GMT

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