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RE: Using Form Elements for Pages only Intended for Printing

From: Geoff Deering <gdeering@acslink.net.au>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 20:03:52 +1100
To: "Patrick Burke" <burke@ucla.edu>, "Carol Foster" <c.foster@umassp.edu>
Cc: "WAI Interest Group" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NBBBJPNFCLNLAADCLFJBGEFCDEAA.gdeering@acslink.net.au>
Thanks, I appreciate this insight, it helps a lot.

-----Original Message-----
From: Patrick Burke [mailto:burke@ucla.edu]
Sent: Friday, 11 January 2002 8:50 AM
To: gdeering@acslink.net.au; Carol Foster
Cc: WAI Interest Group
Subject: RE: Using Form Elements for Pages only Intended for Printing

As a blind person I would say that the form element version is much
friendlier.

If underscore or other characters are used to mark the input fields, then I
(or anyone really) has to copy the page to a word processor (possibly
losing original formatting), then fill in the ___ sections (& hope that
doesn't mess up the formatting beyond recognition).

The version with form markup would let me move quickly and accurately among
the input fields, & their location on the page would be maintained
automatically. So, other than the possibility of entering 3 pages of text
into an edit field, the printout would match the original form more
exactly. Which is, as I understand it, what people dealing with print forms
want.

So, I would vote in favor of forms markup, with a statement at the
beginning that the form is for printing purposes and cannot be submitted
online.

Patrick

At 01:34 PM 1/10/02, Geoff Deering wrote:
>What I am really asking is, is
>
>Name: _________________________________
>
>Address: _______________________________
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>Etc the better markup for print?
>
>The question is; Does using form elements immediately imply an
>electronically submittable form?  And if so, is it best to use the above
>markup?
>
>Geoff Deering
>http://www.acslink.aone.net.au/gdeering/
Received on Wednesday, 16 January 2002 04:03:58 GMT

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