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RE: Text entry box with a single underline...

From: John Colby <John.Colby@bcu.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 11:29:10 +0000
To: Alistair Garrison <alistair.j.garrison@gmail.com>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org list" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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To me that would look like a mistake, not an entry box. Are designers now saying that they're ignoring the convention that a box should be a box and that the position of text entry now requires a new learning process because it looks cool that way? Alternatively what happened to simplicity?



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-----Original Message-----
From: Alistair Garrison [mailto:alistair.j.garrison@gmail.com] 
Sent: 25 May 2016 11:46
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Subject: Text entry box with a single underline...

Dear All, 

I've been asked a question about text entry box styling, but I thought I'd also try and gain some wider input.

If effect, the developer wants to use a text entry box.  In isolation, the background in the text entry box is black, the view it sits in is black, and the box only has a single red border running along the bottom.  The label is above the box.

In my opinion, the created text entry area is difficult for all users to immediately perceive as a text entry area; simple not seeing it as a text entry area.  In this configuration I've been thinking that 1.4.1 Use of Color would be failed, due to the single red line being used as the only indication that it is a text entry area, but surely there must be further Success Criteria that are failed?

The developers have offered-up putting placeholder text in the box, but to my mind this looks like an underlined heading - which again isn't great.

The developers are indicating that this design pattern is becoming more and more common.

The question is then - are there any SC's or Failure Conditions I have missed that would rule out styling a text area in this manner?  If not, should there be?

Very best regards


Alistair Garrison 
Received on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 11:29:45 UTC

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