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Re: Use of pre-compilated text-fields in forms

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 09 May 2006 01:03:02 +0100
Message-ID: <445FDC36.60608@splintered.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Steven Faulkner wrote:

> In observing a screen reader (JAWS) user interacting with inputs
> containing default text I have found that the default text can actually
> hinder. The keyboard behaviour you describe "when tabbing into the
> field, already preselects the entire existing value" did not occur when
> the user tabbed to the input (may have something to do with the various
> JAWS cursors/modes) so the user ended up filling in the field with the
> default text at the end of the users input.

That's some excellent info, Steven. Further reinforces the need to stop 
following this outdated WCAG 1.0 checkpoint, IMHO.

Patrick H. Lauke
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