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RE: [W3C] default place holder for radio buttons- checkpoint 10.4

From: Scarlett Julian (ED) <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2003 10:24:49 -0000
Message-ID: <F9BE3B1AB649D311A573009027852E4D047CB846@EDUC_MXS>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

>> A solution along the same lines might be to have a default 
>>radio button
>> labelled 'not answered' and validate the form submission for the
>> ocurrence of these and prompt the respondee to fill them in. 
>> Does anyone see any problems with that?

> From a usability stand point, I do, since one is checked no 
> matter which one
> it is so it is assumed that it has been chosen when the form 
> is submitted.

Form validation would check for the instance of the 'not answered' button and prompt the user to fill in that question. The form could not be submitted unless the user had chosen something other than the initial state. If the user has taken the selection away from the initial state (i.e. made a choice) then the form can be submitted. It's just a hack to get round the potential problem of UA behaviour not being predictable when no button is initially selected and I don't see any major usability problems *if* the question is a mandatory one. Even if the response is optional I think the solution works since the response ('not answered') is still valid. The form validation need only be made on mandatory fields.


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