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Re: Date & number format

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2003 13:49:43 -0500 (EST)
To: "Gemayel, Ziad" <ZGemayel@lighthouse.org>
Cc: "'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0312041347380.20224-100000@smart.net>

On Thu, 4 Dec 2003, Gemayel, Ziad wrote:

well I always just put a hypen in the question   ie:  yyyy-mm-dd  or phone 
# ***-***-****

and let the user replace the * or yy with the number, thus it always
shows.

Bob
> 
> Hi everyone,
> 
> I am trying to gather feedback regarding two ways of requesting dates and
> phone numbers.  I think it is more of a usability issue than an
> accessibility issue and probably personal preferences are involved.
> 
> First style:
> Date (example: mmddyyyy) [       ]
> Phone (example: 2121234567) [        ]
> 
> This format requires input in one field with no spaces and no punctuation.
> It also means less tabbing, but may be confusing to some and thus lead to
> errors.
> 
> Second style:
> Date (example: mm dd yyyy) (enter month as mm)* [  ]  (enter day as dd)* [
> ]  (enter year as yyyy)* [    ].  The * here means that the text is not
> visible, but is placed in the title attribute and therefore is available to
> Jaws and Window-Eyes users (I understand that I might be undermining
> universal accessibility by considering only Jaws and Window-eyes, but I
> would like to focus on the issue of having one input field versus three in
> this case).
> 
> Phone (enter area code)* [  ]  (enter first 3 digits)* [  ]  (enter last 4
> digits)* [  ].  Again, the * here means that the text is not visible, but is
> placed in the title attribute.
> 
> Thanks for your feedback,
> 
> Ziad Gemayel
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