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

From: Gregg Vanderheiden <GV@TRACE.WISC.EDU>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 13:14:12 -0600
To: <gian@stanleymilford.com.au>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <004b01c1872f$03613740$b2176880@trace.wisc.edu>

I think we need to separate this into two questions.

1)  what does WCAG 1.0 actually say.

2)  what should it (or WCAG 2.0) say.

I think that 2.0 should NOT require radio buttons be to the right.  This
is not according to convention -- and often won’t work well visually. 

1.0 should not require it -- but the wording may imply that.  If so we
should post a note that the position rule is not to apply to radio
buttons or checkboxes as a requirement for compliance.


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> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On
> Behalf Of gian@stanleymilford.com.au
> Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2001 7:32 PM
> To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
> Subject: RE: form controls to the left or right of labels?
> 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.
> 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?
> All.
> According to WCAG 1.0, labels for form controls should appear
> before the control (or above it if there is only one control on the
> line).
> This usually means the label should appear just to the left of the
> control.
> This is fine for text entry fields and boxes and pull-down menus.
> However,
> for checkboxes and radio buttons, you often want to place the label to
> the
> right of the checkbox or radio button.  Does doing this violate the
> guideline?
> What are the current views of people on this issue.
Received on Monday, 17 December 2001 14:17:08 UTC

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