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TEXTAREA on fragment-upload form needs TITLE urgently

From: <oedipus@hicom.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 16:30 +0000
Message-Id: <200603222130.k2MLUaZV012978@ns1.hicom.net>
To: www-validator@w3.org

aloha - on the form located at:

[http://validator.w3.org/fragment-upload.html]

there is no LABEL or TITLE programatically associated with the TEXTAREA box, causing a non-visual user to hear only the ambiguous and not-at-all helpful screen-reader-generated substitute:

"unlabeled edit"

while the form otherwise uses programmatic bindings between form controls and their labels correctly, which is essential, as the entire form is encased in a TABLE rather than a CSS-controled FIELDSET, please at least amend the form markup for the TEXTAREA as follows:

<td colspan="2"><textarea cols="60" rows="24" name="fragment" title="Enter Document Source Fragment"></textarea></td>

this would enable non-visual users of this form to KNOW (a) for what use the unlabeled edit area is intended and (b) where to enter slash paste the code fragment he or she needs validated.  it would also make the form WCAG-compliant, sending the world the message that the W3C eats its own dog food consistently and universally, as nothing undermines the efforts of the WAI more than markup that does not comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, in particular, 
GL 12.4
[http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-associate-labels]

please attend to this SERIOUS lapse immediately, as the fragment validator is an essential tool in checking the validity of alternative code when attempting to correct inaccessible portions of web sites slash documents.

thank you for your swift attention to this matter,
gregory j. rosmaita
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