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Re: technique G83

From: Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@ncbi.ie>
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 10:45:01 +0100
Message-ID: <4C4FFC1D.30501@ncbi.ie>
To: bart.simons@anysurfer.be
Cc: W3C WAI ig <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi Bart,

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

Interesting observation. My 2 cents..The first example describes the 
problem, while the second provides examples of how you may address it. A 
great evolution in WCAG 2.0 was that it provides practical examples on 
how to achieve compliance. While they are pretty thorough, they are not 
exhaustive and there are other ways to achieve compliance that may not 
be explicitly included.

I think the idea is that you provide a rich description of the problem 
(such as missing data from a form field), and then ideally give the 
first instance of the issue focus is a complete 'loop'. You could say 
that just informing the user of the problem, will reach a basic level of 
compliance, but really to close the loop giving the user easy access to 
the first instance of the problem (via a negative tab index value, or 
scripting etc) would be ideal.

So I guess you example would achieve partial conformance, but a little 
extra could be done to make the UI component you describe more usable.

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

Does this show a disconnect in the guidelines? Maybe, thoughts?



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