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LABEL Tag Question

From: Hy Cohen <hy@miplet.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 09:22:11 -0700
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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According to WAI guidelines, don't all form eliments have to have a
LABEL tag associated with them?

I'm having a problem with my screen reader, and to make the screen
reader read what I want it to, I have to violate the WAI guidelines.
I've put the e-mail explaiing it below.  If any of you have any
suggestions, please let me know.



I am currently designing a website for a non-profit to meet WAI
guidelines.  I have ran across a problem.

My understanding of WAI guidelines require me to associate a LABEL tag
for form eliments.  Using Window-Eyes 4.2 Pro, it is read everytime.
Fantastic!  However, sometimes I feel using the TITLE attribute within
the form eliment is more effective.  Let me give you an example:

<p>Please enter the required age range for this activity or leave these
fields blank if this  doesn't apply.</p> <label for="reqagemin">Minimum
required age </label> <input type="text" name="reqagemin" id="reqagemin"
size="2" maxlength="2" title="Please enter the minimum required age for
this activity, or eave blank for no minimum age."> <label
for="reqagemax"> Maximum required age </label> <input type="text"
name="reqagemax" id="reqagemax" size="2" maxlength="2" title="Please
enter the maximum required age for this activity, or eave blank for no
maximum age.">

With Window-Eyes I would only hear "Minimum Required Age" and "Maximum
Required Age".  I wouldn't hear the other instructions to just leave the
fields blank if it doesn't apply, unless I turned on MSAA mode to see
the instructions above the form fields.

If there could be a verbosity setting allowing us to tell Window-Eyes we
want to hear the TITLE atribute instead of the LABEL tag, that would be
very helpful.

The only way I can currently force Window-Eyes to read the TITLE
attribute would to not have a LABEL tag, which goes against WAI.

If I'm miss-understanding something here, please let me know.


Hy Cohen and Guide Dog, "Layla",
Received on Tuesday, 1 October 2002 12:22:29 UTC

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