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RE: placeholder text in input controls

From: Devarshi <devarshipant@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2011 19:33:19 -0500
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Cc: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
To: Ramón Corominas <listas@ramoncorominas.com>
Ramón wrote:

> Ok, Let's say that you are a keyboard-only, sighted user. You get to a form to edit contact information, with fields for "fixed phone", "mobile phone" and "fax". Since you are editing existing data, the placeholder text is not there, so there is no visual label.


Agreed -- But do we know if what Bart proposes allows for edits to be made later in the process flow?  We kind of already know how keyboard only users' and their basic requirements are yet to be met. 

> Do you think this is an edge case scenario...? I've just experienced it in my iPhone, trying to figure out  which field was the name and which the surname...

Although I am not a iPhone user, I don't think it is an edge case. It's simple: Apple chose to ignore it, and what you just experienced proves that a sponsor can and will override SC 3.2.2 or whatever accessibility requirements are out there to suit their needs. That said, they probably will provide a reason to defend that, one of them being limited real estate.
And here I am saying that it is ok to not have labels but then you MUST ensure that all users, and yes, including keyboard only users, get the necessary information to complete the task.

thanks,
Devarshi

On Dec 12, 2011, at 6:34 PM, Ramón Corominas <listas@ramoncorominas.com> wrote:

> Ok, Let's say that you are a keyboard-only, sighted user. You get to a form to edit contact information, with fields for "fixed phone", "mobile phone" and "fax". Since you are editing existing data, the placeholder text is not there, so there is no visual label.
> 
> The only way to see each label is to delete the existing text, which is not very intuitive nor acceptable in my opinion.
> 
> I think that visual labels are as needed as screenreader-aware labels.
> 
> Do you think this is an edge case scenario...? I've just experienced it in my iPhone, trying to figure out  which field was the name and which the surname...
> 
> Cheers,
> Ramón.
> 
> 
> Devarshi Said:
> 
>> Jason wrote:
>> In my opinion, the best use of the placeholder attribute among the
>> popular browsers (IE and FF) is to use it for supplemental information
>> (i.e. constraint information) and used in conjunction with explicit
>> label markup and the title attribute.
>> 
>> *** I would like to understand it from a different perspective--What
>> if the sponsor does not want visible and off-screen labels. Upping the
>> ante, what then he expects end users to get the most compatible
>> version of the browser.
>> In essence, when without using explicit labels:
>> 1. There is sufficient contrast,
>> 2. There is an informative title attribute, and,
>> 3. For those who need instructions, instructions exist about the new behavior.
>> Would that be a failure? Again, the question from Bart says: Do you
>> consider this sufficient to comply with success criterion 3.3.2 labels
>> or instructions? ***
>> 
>> Thanks,
>> Devarshi
>> 
> 
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