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RE: Web Forms: Usability and Accessibility Question.

From: Jon Dodd <jon@bunnyfoot.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 13:58:21 -0000
Message-Id: <200402031400.i13E0roQ092260@bunnyfoot.co.uk>
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Seth Rothberg:

> Or even: 
>
> <label for="id">First name <img src="asterix.gif" alt="mandatory
>  information"></label><input type="text"...>

I use this type of construct and it has worked really well in a number of
user tests for people both using and not using a variety of access
technologies including various screen readers. Its main benefits are:
* visual users get it because asterix is a commonly used marker
* screen reader users get it because the alt text gets read out and does not
rely on dubious implementation of "title" or user preference settings.

NB I also use a similar thing to mark where on a form there are errors that
need addressing (in addition to stating at the top).

Jon
Received on Tuesday, 3 February 2004 09:01:49 UTC

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