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Re: Is the <form> tag mandatory?

From: Elizabeth Pyatt <ejp10@psu.edu>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:33:55 -0400
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-Id: <E472CDA4-8179-4657-AC86-56481DAF229C@psu.edu>
To: Christophe Strobbe <strobbe@hdm-stuttgart.de>
If no one has yet indicated this, many screen readers need the FORM tag in order to process the input fields and associated LABEL attributes correctly.

Elizabeth
> On Oct 27, 2016, at 11:42 AM, Christophe Strobbe <strobbe@hdm-stuttgart.de> wrote:
> 
> 
> According to the HTML5 specification, the both the start tag and the end
> tag of the form element are mandatory:
> <https://www.w3.org/TR/html5/forms.html#the-form-element>.
> 
> On 27/10/2016 16:36, Mohammad, Ashraf wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> Form submission earlier was done only using the “action”, “method- get or post” and button type “submit” within the <form> tags:
>> <form action=“login.asp" method="get”>
>>  <fieldset>
>>    <legend>Login</legend>
>>    <label> Username: <input type="text" name=“username”/></label>
>>    <label> Password: <input type="text" name=“password”/></label>
>>    <input type="submit" value=“Submit”/>
>>      </fieldset>
>> </form>
> 
> Not all form controls are grouped with fieldsets.
> 
> Best regards,
> 
> Christophe
> 
>> Forms submission are commonly handled using ajax these days. Submit button has a onClick function which handle the submission.
>> <fieldset>
>>    <legend>Login</legend>
>>    <label> Username: <input type="text" name=“username”/></label>
>>    <label> Password: <input type="text" name=“password”/></label>
>>    <button  onclick=“Submit()”>Submit</button>
>> </fieldset>
>> So do we still be need to add the Form tag ? and does it help the screenreaders? Or <fieldset>  with proper labels and inputs elements suffice and are accessible in themselves.
>> 
>> Thank you,
>> Ashraf
>> 
>> 
> 
> 
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