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Re: placement of form control label or description on same line

From: Wendy A Chisholm <chisholm@trace.wisc.edu>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 10:15:58 -0500
Message-Id: <199808181519.KAA31456@trace.wisc.edu>
To: Al Gilman <asgilman@access.digex.net>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
This is a good interim solution that is needed because of quirks with screen readers.   However, it is only needed when there is more than one form control per line and often associating a label explicitly with a control will take care of the problem (depending on the software used to interact with the page).  To see an analysis, check out http://sun.trace.wisc.edu/wai/analysis/forms/analysis.html  

--w

At 10:47 AM 8/18/98 -0400, Al Gilman wrote:
>Copied below you will find some advice I gave, in an unguarded
>moment, to someone about a form on their website.
>
>One of the things I said was "put the explanation of a text-line
>entry field before the entry field on the same line."
>
>I couldn't find a basis for this recommendation in the current PA
>guidelines draft.  Is this suggestion unnecessary?  Should it be
>in the PA guidelines?
>
>Al
>
>-- quote
>For your forms (minimum short-range plan):
>
>	1. Ensure that entry filed description and entry field
>	appear on the same line.
>
>	2. Initialize all text-entry fields with some placeholder
>	content.  Don't leave them empty, initially.
>
>	3. [Work with XXXXXXXXX to] arrange for some hands-on
>	evaluation by people using varied adaptive technology
>	suites.  Use this after you have a next-iteration version
>	implementing at least the above two points for fine tuning
>	and final approval.
> 
Received on Tuesday, 18 August 1998 11:19:35 GMT

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