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Re: Forms and error messages

From: Chris Hore <royalla@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2015 21:06:51 +1000
Message-ID: <CAPdreqENNSaLj+oRpU3kKMEdcbqvuGbfG5FxpK7ZMd7HicHMpw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Madhavi Herle <Madhavi_Herle@infosys.com>
Cc: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I always refer to the TPG form validation example pages, it nails
accessible form validation:
http://files.paciellogroup.com/training/commonsamples/validation_feedback/index.html?useFloats=false&colNumbers=3&useFieldInstructions=true


On Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 5:09 PM, Madhavi Herle <Madhavi_Herle@infosys.com>
wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> If testing a large form with a lot of input fields, where would you prefer
> to see the error messages?
> Is it before the start of the form with links to the form fields or error
> messages just before the form fields?
>
> I am currently testing a huge form with over 30 fields. The error messages
> are before the form and are links to the form fields. The fields are not
> marked as mandatory, so the chances of human error is high. Each mandatory
> field has a hazard sign saying that there is an error with the information
> provided which is positioned after the fields.
>
> With a long list of error messages linking back to the fields, I think
> keyboard and screen reader users will find this difficult.
>
> I am suggesting the following:
> - include * for each mandatory field, so the users can avoid errors to
> start with.
> - Define the meaning of * before the start of the form
> - Move the hazard icon before each mandatory field and change the alt of
> each hazard icon to be field specific.
> - Since the forms are quite old, I am asking them to retain the links as
> is. This might help some user groups.
>
> What are your thoughts on this?
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
> Regards,
> Madhavi
>
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