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Re: Question on labels

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2003 11:19:54 +0200
Cc: site-comments@w3.org
To: Susan Lesch <lesch@w3.org>
Message-Id: <3189F947-9D80-11D7-8F84-000A958826AA@sidar.org>

Hi Susan,

yes, what you have now is what we would generally recommend at 
Fundación Sidar. I realise that neither of us are able to unilaterally 
make pronouncements on behalf of WCAG, but was interested in your 
experience with a site that gets a lot of hits (and presumably lots of 



On Wednesday, Jun 11, 2003, at 01:36 Europe/Zurich, Susan Lesch wrote:

> 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?
> http://www.w3.org/#search
> 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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