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[Bug 13535] New: Preventing validation from trapping focus

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Date: Tue, 02 Aug 2011 22:33:52 +0000
To: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-13535-2486@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>

           Summary: Preventing validation from trapping focus
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Keywords: a11y, a11ytf
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: gcl-0039@access-research.org
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org, public-html-a11y@w3.org

The HTML5 spec should specifically state that any field that validates input
should allow the user to exit the field. At minimum, allow them to exit with
the field being empty or retaining its initial value. Even though pattern
validation is supposed to take place at submit time rather than during data
entry or on navigation, the spec should be reviewed to see if the wording can
be strengthened.

Use case: Svetlana is tabbing through the controls on a form and lands on a
field that expects a telephone number, but when she tries to tab away the user
agent puts up an error message saying that a valid telephone number is
required. Even though she had no intention of completing the form, she is stuck
until she makes up and enters a telephone number.

Use case: Etta brings up a web form showing her account information. As she
tabs between the fields she lands on one containing her current password.
Unfortunately, the security requirements for this web site have recently been
increased and her password is no longer considered secure enough, so even
though she's only tabbing through the fields, the current value fails to
validate, and she is prevented from tabbing on with its current value or by
clearing the field.

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