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

From: Steven Faulkner <steven.faulkner@nils.org.au>
Date: Tue, 9 May 2006 10:40:51 +1000
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <004a01c67301$413c7300$3a1610ac@NILSHP0044>

I just received an email from Geoff Stephens (thanks!) that sheds some
light on what I have observed:

Geoff wrote:
"The reason for this behaviour with JAWS is that if JAWS' Forms Mode is
enabled and the user moves to a form field and enables forms Mode, the
is not cleared.  However, if forms Mode is already active and user tabs
form field and enters text then the selected value is cleared just as
normal browser behaviour."

I observed the behaviour when the user moved through the page content to
a simple search form (one of those that is quite often found in the top
right corner of web pages).

thanks again Geoff!


Steven Faulkner
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of Patrick H. Lauke
> Sent: Tuesday, 9 May 2006 10:03 AM
> To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Use of pre-compilated text-fields in forms
> 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 following this outdated WCAG 1.0 checkpoint, IMHO.
> P
> --
> Patrick H. Lauke
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