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An accessible way to format Date and Social Security Number form fields?

From: Jennifer Gauvreau <Jennifer.Gauvreau@cgifederal.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2008 09:34:17 -0400
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One of my project teams raised a question regarding the most accessible
way to apply formatting to a text entry form field.  



Currently, when adding or updating data within a web application, users
are required to input identifiers, date, and amounts in a certain
format. For example, TIN must be in 12-3456789 format (including the -),
date must be in mm/dd/yyyy format (including the /).  Based on
preliminary testing, users mentioned that they are tired of inputting
the - or /. We want to make it more convenient to the user by filling in
the - or / for the user.


The question is when to prefill the hyphen, slash, dollar sign, and/or
comma. The team proposed three options:

1. As user is entering their value

2. After the user enters their value and the focus is lost from the

3. After saving the entry to the database.


Is one implementation considered more compliant with Section 508 than
another? My personal opinion was that the most logical time to apply the
formatting would be after the user finishes inputting their value and
focus moves off the field option (2). However, I was interested in
hearing other people's perspectives, particularly if there are any blind
or motor-impaired users who would be willing to share their personal


Thank you,

Jennifer Gauvreau


Jennifer Gauvreau, CUA
Senior Consultant
Human Factors Practice
CGI Federal
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