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

From: <Accessys@smart.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2008 08:53:35 -0500 (EST)
To: Jennifer Gauvreau <Jennifer.Gauvreau@cgifederal.com>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0810280852130.26589@fzneg.arg>


actually you also need to also consider the folks who automatically or
otherwise actually do enter the - or / so that you don't end up with
two of each.  12--3456789 or whatever

Bob



On Tue, 28 Oct 2008, Jennifer Gauvreau wrote:

> Hello,
>
>
>
> One of my project teams raised a question regarding the most accessible
> way to apply formatting to a text entry form field.
>
>
>
> Background:
>
> 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
> field.
>
> 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
> experiences.
>
>
>
> Thank you,
>
> Jennifer Gauvreau
>
>
>
> Jennifer Gauvreau, CUA
> Senior Consultant
> Human Factors Practice
> CGI Federal
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