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RE: form controls to the left or right of labels?

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 03:01:23 -0500 (EST)
To: <gian@stanleymilford.com.au>
cc: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0112140300260.23512-100000@tux.w3.org>
Well, if User agents can associate labels with form controls the checkpoint
is not applicable anymore. Otherwise yes, the checkpoint says 'label before
control', so not doing that violates it.



On Fri, 14 Dec 2001 gian@stanleymilford.com.au wrote:

  I would say this does violate the guideline, as from my perspective I
  would expect that the reasoning behind this checkpoint is for people
  using screen-readers: they need to know what the option is before they
  select it. So for example, having the radio button to the left of the
  text would mean the screen-reader would read "Radio button unchecked. 1
  pack. Radio button unchecked. 2 packs" etc.

  -----Original Message-----
  From: Mathew.Mirabella [mailto:Mathew.Mirabella@team.telstra.com]
  Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2001 11:41 AM
  To: w3c-wai-gl
  Subject: form controls to the left or right of labels?


  According to WCAG 1.0, labels for form controls should appear immediatly
  before the control (or above it if there is only one control on the
  This usually means the label should appear just to the left of the

  This is fine for text entry fields and boxes and pull-down menus.
  for checkboxes and radio buttons, you often want to place the label to
  right of the checkbox or radio button.  Does doing this violate the

  What are the current views of people on this issue.

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