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RE: A new one: label vs. Scope

From: Mike Scott <mscott2@msfw.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 21:09:54 -0500 (CDT)
Message-ID: <4187.>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
JAWS 4.02 does read the legend text prefixed to the label text for every 
field within the fieldset (when tabbing from field to field in 
both "virtual" and "forms" modes) -- so it does have at least a minimum 
level of support (certainly could do much more...)

HPR 3.02 does read the legend prefixed to the label of the FIRST field in 
the set when tabbing from field to field (or arrowing in forms mode), but 
will do the same with any text preceeding the group whether or not it is 
coded with fieldset & legend. (So it appears to be making an assumption 
about the preceeding text irrelevant of the markup.)

Window-Eyes 4.2 does not read the legend at all when tabbing from field to 


> I don't consider reading the text as "support".  HPR reads the text as
> well.  Does JAWs 4.02 do anything with the Legend? for example
> associate it with each of the controls in the FIELDSET?
> I believe all browsers will display the text in the LEGEND / FIELDSET,
> after all, all they do is ignore the <ELEMENT> and what is left is
> text. But what I was asking if anything does something with it - as in
> associate the legend with the controls, allow one to get a legend for a
> particular control in a field set, expand or collapse the controls in
> the FIELDSET but leave the legend as a type of subject line for the
> collapsed FIELDSET, etc. These functions would be useful for
> magnifiers, screen readers, small screen graphical browsers, etc.
> Regards,
> Phill Jenkins
> IBM Research Division - Accessibility Center
> 11501 Burnet Rd,  Austin TX  78758    http://www.ibm.com/able
> JAWS 4.02 supports the legend of the fieldset for all controls but
> combobox.
> Regards,
> Jean-Marie D'Amour M.Éd.
> Formateur
> CAMO pour personnes handicapées
> www.camo.qc.ca
> A 14:56 2002-04-24, Phill Jenkins a écrit :
>>Does anyone know of any ATs or browsers that support [meaning give the
>>users an interface to] FIELDSET?
>>IBM Home Page Reader does not at the current time.
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