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Re: Forms

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2003 22:04:09 +0200
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
To: "Tim Roberts" <tim@wiseguysonly.com>
Message-Id: <DBAFC2CA-A0FE-11D7-AE63-000A958826AA@sidar.org>

The title attribute is good for people who have screen readers set up 
to work with it, but that is only a tiny proportion even of people with 
disabilities using the web.

The label element is designed to allow visible labels to be provided, 
as the author sees fit, and still have a way for people using assistive 
technologies to get all the information and navigation control they 
need to fill out a form.

(until Xforms comes along, when things will eventually get nicer again. 
At the moment though it seems that xforms-capable systes are only at 
the start of figuring out how to implement the accessibility stuff that 
the spec includes).



On Tuesday, Jun 17, 2003, at 11:26 Europe/Zurich, Tim Roberts wrote:

> It would have been beneficial to add that there is a standard 
> attribute title
> which can be used in an input element.
> W3 reference for the title attribute.
> "Values of the title attribute may be rendered by user agents in a 
> variety of
> ways. For instance, visual browsers frequently display the title as a 
> "tool
> tip" (a short message that appears when the pointing device pauses 
> over an
> object). Audio user agents may speak the title information in a similar
> context. For example, setting the attribute on a link allows user 
> agents
> (visual and non-visual) to tell users about the nature of the linked 
> resource."
> (http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/struct/global.html#adef-title)
> On an input element this is the closest attribute for providing 
> functionality
> similar to the alt attribute.
> On Tue, 17 Jun 2003 01:46:48 -0700, Bill Mason wrote
>> At 01:33 AM 6/17/2003, Angela K Hilton wrote:
>>>   <input type="text" name="lastname" accesskey="L" tabindex="1"
>>> id="lastname"
>>> alt="Last Name">
>>> I am also having trouble getting the alt tag to work.
>> There is no such thing as an ALT attribute on a text input tag.
>> Bill Mason
>> Accessible Internet
>> w3c@accessibleinter.net
>> http://www.accessibleinter.net/
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