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RE: Form labeling and user agent support

Date: Wed, 02 May 2001 15:45:06 -0500
Message-Id: <saf02b99.048@EEOC.GOV>
To: rneff@bbnow.net, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Yes, we're doing that too. We're using FIELDSET and LEGEND to group/label the ordering info (name, address, etc.), as well as grouping various categories of related documents.

>>> "Robert Neff" <rneff@bbnow.net> 05/02/01 02:39pm >>>
labels are just one part of WCAG version 1. are you also trying to implement
fieldsets?  refernce

here si teh cut and pastes for the WCAG:
12.3 Divide large blocks of information into more manageable groups where
natural and appropriate. [Priority 2] (Checkpoint 12.3)
HTML Techniques: Structural grouping
HTML Techniques: Grouping form controls
12.4 Associate labels explicitly with their controls. [Priority 2]
(Checkpoint 12.4)
HTML Techniques: Labeling form controls

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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
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