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RE: Form labeling and user agent support

From: Cynthia Waddell <cynthia.waddell@psinetcs.com>
Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 12:49:51 -0700
To: "'ADAM GUASCH-MELENDEZ'" <ADAM.GUASCH@EEOC.GOV>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <004801c0d341$13714820$c668fea9@crimes.net>
Thanks for the clarification. The 1194.22 rules depart from W3C WCAG 1.0 and
I have been interested in how federal agencies have been addressing this
problem.

Cynthia Waddell

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Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2001 11:48 AM
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Subject: RE: Form labeling and user agent support


That requirement states:

"When electronic forms are designed to be completed on-line, the form shall
allow people using assistive technology to access the information, field
elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the
form, including all directions and cues."

As I read it, the same question applies: does using form labeling "allow
people using assistive technology to access the information, field elements,
and functionality" given the current state of user agent support? I see no
real difference between this and the relevant sections of the WCAG. An
answer to one answers the other.

If you're wondering why I asked my question in the context of the WCAG
instead of the federal guidelines, it's because I find the Access Board's
work to be a decent start, but on the whole a watered-down and insufficient
standard. I'll comply with it, of course, but I aim for a higher standard


>>> "Cynthia Waddell" <cynthia.waddell@psinetcs.com> 05/02/01 12:37pm >>>
Will you not be following the requirements of the Electronic and Information
Technology Accessibility Standards for web forms at Section 1194.22(n)?

Cynthia Waddell
Received on Wednesday, 2 May 2001 15:44:20 GMT

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