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

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2008 11:11:45 -0400
Message-ID: <D74976069FCC47DB944B3B0FFB3D85A3@HANDS>
To: "Fox, Jean - BLS" <Fox.Jean@bls.gov>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

perhaps a date picker would help.

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From: "Fox, Jean - BLS" <Fox.Jean@bls.gov>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 10:58 AM
Subject: RE: An accessible way to format Date and Social Security Number 
form fields?



The date may be tricky, because 12108 could be 1/21/08 or 12/1/08.   You
could require leading zeros, but presumably users who don't want to
enter "/" won't want to enter zeros, either.  Personally I'd rather
enter slashes than leading zeros (or the leading "20"), but I have no
idea what others would prefer.  Is it possible build a form to interpret
multiple formats?

Jean

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Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 9:54 AM
To: Jennifer Gauvreau
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: An accessible way to format Date and Social Security Number
form fields?



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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