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RE: Form labeling and user agent support

From: Charles F. Munat <chas@munat.com>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 02:14:08 -0700
To: "WAI Interest Group" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <LHEGJAOEDCOFFBGFAPKBOEHJCFAA.chas@munat.com>
Al Gilman wrote:

In a similar thread on the GL list, Jim Thatcher suggested we not bother
with LABEL and just use a TITLE on a form control.

Reply:

One thing I like about labels, however, is that on IE you can click on the
label and the focus will shift to the corresponding input. This is
particularly nice for radio buttons and checkboxes, which can be difficult
to check with the mouse. I don't believe that using the title attribute
provides the same functionality.

Beyond that - and perhaps I'm alone in this - I believe that if we use HTML
the way it should be used, then the browser vendors will catch on and follow
our lead. On the other hand if we continue to use workarounds in our code,
what reason do they have to change the browsers?

Charles F. Munat,
Seattle, Washington
Received on Thursday, 3 May 2001 05:15:00 GMT

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