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Re: Proper Form Coding

From: Kelly Ford <kford@teleport.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2000 20:29:24 -0700
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To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hi Charles,

Do you know why <http://validator.w3.org> would accept the code I mentioned 
as valid?  I copied what I shared here from a longer document at 
<http://www.teleport.com/~kford/formtest.htm> that shows as a valid 
document when I test it.  That document has the closing form tag and such 
but the table and paragraph stuff is identical to what I shared here.


At 03:16 PM 4/14/00 -0400, you wrote:
>Hi Kelly,
>this seems like a bug in your screen reader, although the code as included
>here is not valid. The table should not appear inside a paragraph, and you
>need the closing tag for the form...
>On Fri, 14 Apr 2000, Kelly Ford wrote:
>   Hi All,
>   Again if there are pointers on this please direct me to appropriate
>   resources.  I've been experimenting with ways to ensure that a screen
>   reader will read the correct text for things like edit boxes and such on
>   forms.
>   If I exclude the table references in the below example I hear all the text
>   read as a prompt.  If I include the table references I only hear the direct
>   instruction to enter a name.
>   What's the best way to code things so a screen reader will only read the
>   direct instruction?  Is my method acceptable?
>   <FORM METHOD="POST" ACTION="bogus-script">
>   An edit box is where you type information.
>   <p>
>   <table>
>   <tr>
>   <td>
>   Please enter your name:
>   <INPUT TYPE="text" NAME="name">
>   </td>
>   </tr>
>   </table>
>   <p>
>Charles McCathieNevile    mailto:charles@w3.org    phone: +61 (0) 409 134 136
>W3C Web Accessibility Initiative                      http://www.w3.org/WAI
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