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Re: Accessible Design / JAWS

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2000 10:48:39 -0500 (EST)
To: Terry Hammon <thammon@pacbell.net>
cc: WAI GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, WAI IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.0003251039340.31365-100000@tux.w3.org>
cross-posted from IG to the WCAG list

One improvement you could make that should make Jaws work a lot better is to
label the form control labels - for example

  <br><input type="checkbox" name="noise" id="box1"><label for="#box1">some
  choice or other</label>

This is also in line with the Web Content Guidelines checkpoint 10.2 that
talks about associating form labels with controls (Although there is nothing
in WCAG currently saying that controls should be explicitly labelled. Is this
an omission?)


Charles McCN

On Thu, 23 Mar 2000, Terry Hammon wrote:

  Here is a form that I wrote wrote by hand, no formatting. Our first
  tester had trouble checking the boxes until he went from the bottom up.
  I am not done with this one yet. We have just began the testing phase.
  When he accessed the following form, only the radio button id's were
  read to him. The text was not identified. Most of the tome the SS# field
  was called phone#. This form needs a lot of repair.
  Terry Hammon

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