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default place holders for radio buttons

From: Scarlett Julian (ED) <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2002 13:54:26 +0100
Message-ID: <F9BE3B1AB649D311A573009027852E4D01E34D0E@EDUC_MXS>
To: "'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Is it necessary to make a radio button in a fieldset checked? I know that it
is a requirement for WCAG 10.4 but how useful is it? I'm a bit worried by
setting one as checked for say, indicating a user's gender in a form, and
then that user hitting return accidentally and sending information that they
haven't actually entered. I guess the same applies to checkboxes. For text
inputs the problem is less because the form will just submit something like
"enter your name" instead of a name but with buttons the data sent could be
valid.

tia

J.

Julian Scarlett
Web Design & Document Management System Officer
PPU
Education Directorate 
Sheffield City Council
35612

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