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Re: inconsitency with G122

From: Andrew Arch <andrew@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 22:30:13 +0100
Message-ID: <490B78E5.5080509@w3.org>
To: Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
CC: public-comments-wcag20@w3.org

Hello Loretta,

This response is satisfactory.

Andrew

Loretta Guarino Reid wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 9:22 AM, WCAG 2.0 Comment Form <nobody@w3.org> wrote:
>>
>> Name: Andrew Arch
>> Email: andrew@w3.org
>> Affiliation: W3C
>> Document: TD
>> Item Number: G14
>> Part of Item: Examples
>> Comment Type: technical
>> Summary of Issue: inconsitency with G122
>> Comment (Including rationale for any proposed change):
>> I was looking at WCAG 2.0 forms techniques to see what might apply to older users - went to two different techniques places and found different suggestions in the examples:
>>
>>
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>> http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/WD-WCAG20-TECHS-20080430/G14.html
>>
>> Example 4 recommends an "*" for required fields
>>
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>> http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/WD-WCAG20-TECHS-20080430/G122.html
>>
>> Example 1 illustrates the better practice of using words (albeit an abbreviation) and recommends "(req)" for required fields
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>> The literature is reporting that older users often have difficulty with the "*" solution (as do/did WindowsEyes users and also others with low-vision). Also, better than "(req)" is "(required)" for required fields - no one should be confused then.
>>
>> Proposed Change:
>> Both examples should preferably use "(required)", in addition to colour, to indicate mandatory fields.
>>
>>
> 
> ================================
> Response from the Working Group
> ================================
> We changed G122 as you proposed.
> 
> The working group felt it was important to include an example that
> includes the use of asterisk because we feel that it is sufficient to
> meet the success criterion and its use is commonly understood on the
> Web today. However, we added a new sufficient technique and a note to
> the example in G14 to highlight ways to reduce the accessibility
> challenges caused by the asterisk.
> 
> We have added the following note to the example in G14 related to asterisks:
> @@ include  note from above
> 
> We added a new sufficient technique to SC 3.3.2, "Using label elements
> to indicate required form controls", where we discuss using a larger
> font size for asterisks and alerting the user to its use at the start
> of the form.
> 
> 
> Loretta Guarino Reid, WCAG WG Co-Chair
> Gregg Vanderheiden, WCAG WG Co-Chair
> Michael Cooper, WCAG WG Staff Contact
> 
> On behalf of the WCAG Working Group
Received on Friday, 31 October 2008 21:30:48 UTC

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