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RE: FAQ Re: Mixing Tables and Forms

From: RUST Randal <RRust@COVANSYS.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 10:40:11 -0500
Message-ID: <37925254B67DD311876C009027B0FF9201D3A768@cbscolex01.cbsinc.com>
To: "WAI (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Thanks, Charles.  Unfortunately, the input fields can only hold about 5
characters, which is insufficient space to hold any default text.

-----Original Message-----
From: Charles McCathieNevile [mailto:charles@w3.org]
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2002 10:35 AM
To: RUST Randal
Cc: WAI (E-mail)
Subject: RE: FAQ Re: Mixing Tables and Forms


Another possiblity (it is an "until user agents" checkpoint in WCAG 1.0 is
include text in the input itself, for textfields:

<input type="text" value="0hours" ...

so in lynx you get


as a text input line.

You probably should also use some helpful information, laid out to come
before the input or after it, in a reasonably regular way, and identified
with a label element. THis will help people who are using the system
and are unlikely to see the title attribute value, and will work on systems
that do implement accoridng to specification.

<label for="#hoursAttended">Hours attended <input... /></label>

or in a table

<td><label for="#hoursAttended">Hours attended</td><td><input...

(perhaps the first cell in the column is a heading, scoped for the two cell



On Thu, 31 Jan 2002, RUST Randal wrote:

  Unfortunately, the page that is referenced by the URL given in Jim
  Thatcher's example is no longer there, so I'm not sure how the code is
  supposed to be written.

  Is the following correct?

  <input type="text" id="hoursAttended" name="hoursAttended" title="Input
  number of hours the child attended this month." />



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