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RE: Web Forms: Usability and Accessibility Question.

From: Derek Featherstone <feather@wats.ca>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 10:45:32 -0500
To: "'David Poehlman'" <poehlman1@comcast.net>, "'WAI Interest Group'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000001c3ea6c$c20c4f20$fe01a8c0@faottcan001>

David Poehlman wrote:
> I would be cautious about this since with forms mode turned
> on, if tabbing through the fields, the legend might not make it into
> the spoken message.

Actually I should have clarified. From what I can tell JAWS exhibits this
behaviour when forms mode *is* on, and not otherwise, so it does actually
read the text found in the <legend>...</legend>, but only when the user has
activated forms mode explicitly.

Apologies in advance, but let me assure you that this isn't a tactic to get
more people to sign up for our newsletter... If you want to test it, our
newsletter sign up form at http://www.wats.ca/mailinglist/subscribe.php?s=1
uses the strategy I described with appropriate fieldsets and legends.

Best regards,
Derek Featherstone  feather@wats.ca
Web Accessibility Specialist / Co-founder of WATS.ca
Web Accessibility Testing and Services
http://www.wats.ca   1.866.932.4878 (North America)
Received on Tuesday, 3 February 2004 10:50:36 UTC

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