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technique G83

From: Bart Simons <bart.simons@anysurfer.be>
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2010 12:38:57 +0200
Message-ID: <DD4489DE06CA47FC92EDB6586AB46C8A@PORTBARTS>
To: "W3C WAI ig" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hello,

I would like some clarification about technique G83: Providing text 
descriptions to identify required fields that were not completed

Quote from description:
"Another approach, using server-side validation, is to re-display the form 
(including any previously entered data), with either a text description at 
the location of the omitted mandatory field, *or* a text description that 
identifies the omitted mandatory fields."

Quote from Examples:
"Using server-side validation, the omission is detected and the form is 
re-displayed with a text description at the top informing which mandatory 
fields were omitted. Each omitted mandatory field is *also* identified using 
a text label so that the user does not have to return to the list at the top 
of the form to find the omitted fields."

In the first quote the option is left open to display the error message at 
the top of the form or inline. In the second both are required.

Concrete case:
- a form has 3 mandatory fields
- after submitting the empty form, it is redisplayed with an error message 
displayed next to each mandatory field.
- there is no alert box and no error message at the top of the form.

Does this pass SC3.3.1 Error Identification: If an input error is 
automatically detected, the item that is in error is identified and the 
error is described to the user in text?

The test procedure is not very explicit:
"Check that a text description is provided identifying the mandatory 
field(s) that was not completed."

Thanks

Bart Simons
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Received on Monday, 19 July 2010 10:39:29 GMT

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