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Re: Question on labels

From: Susan Lesch <lesch@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2003 16:36:02 -0700
Message-Id: <p05111b05bb0c1ac86a2e@[]>
To: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Cc: site-comments@w3.org

Charles McCathieNevile wrote:

>At Sidar we believe that the requirement to have default place 
>holder  text in search fields no longer holds, and causes some 
>usability  problems for people with motor disabilities. Although we 
>have not been  able to get a response from the WCAG group as to 
>whether or not they  believe that checkpoint 10.3 - Until user 
>agents handle empty controls  correctly, include default, 
>place-holding characters in edit boxes and  text areas [1] - applies 
>we would therefore suggest the following:
><label for="inputField">Search W3C<input type="...." etc="etc"  /></label>
>(We would also recommend not putting the search into the taborder 
>with  a tabindex different to the one it would naturally get - i.e. 
>in order  to change its tab ordering, move it on the page).
>><input type="text" accesskey="E" size="15" tabindex="1"
>>id="inputField" name="q" maxlength="255" value="Search W3C" />
>I'm interested in your view on this approach.

All of this seems reasonable. I have made these changes. Would you
please check to see that they are correct?


This mailing list is not the venue for making changes to WCAG, though.
I suggest that you contact WAI again about the search field text.

Thanks for writing, Charles,
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