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

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@access.digex.net>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 11:56:24 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <199808181556.LAA03517@access5.digex.net>
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
to follow up on what Wendy A Chisholm said:

> 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

Thanks for the quick response and the reference.

The testing referred to in the analysis only mentions checkboxes.

The specific control I was dealing with was an <INPUT TYPE=text>
entry item, used for entering name, address, etc.  I probably
didn't make that clear.

I suspect that the bottom line is the same, however: there are
enough users out there today whose screen readers won't be told
about the label-for relationship so that it is good practice to
make read-line succeed in explaining what is going on.

Is that true?

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