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

From: Alastair Campbell <ac@nomensa.com>
Date: Tue, 9 May 2006 10:18:08 +0100
Message-ID: <2A876A583754DD4E8E03CFE899FA16065C45A3@saturn.intranet.nomensa.com>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

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 need to stop following this outdated WCAG 1.0 checkpoint, IMHO.

I can second that. I was testing with screen reader users on a utilities site, where they were trying to pay a bill.

Several people actually paid too much (500 instead of 5) due to the pre-filled input. Luckily it was a test version, so they weren't really out of pocket ;)

I have to disagree with David, retaining this checkpoint would be a step backwards. It seems there are more people adversely affected by the unnecessary inclusion of default text than benefit. Those than are currently helped only need it because their user agent can't deal with reasonable (and valid) HTML.

I'm also unclear what phone interfaces have to do with this, my phone is hardly new, but happily deals with blank inputs.

Kind regards,


Alastair Campbell         |  Director of User Experience
t. +44 (0)117 929 7333    |  ac@nomensa.com

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