RE: Tests 186, 187, 188, 189,

Roberto wrote:



The HTML spec allows for multiple labels to be associated with one form
control.  But I don't know of any screen reader that supports this.
That makes it a user agent issue, perhaps, rather than a guidelines
issue.  So maybe we should accept the test.

Tests are not normative, so it will be possible to update the test files
as user agents, etc., evolve.


"Good design is accessible design."

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David MacDonald recommended to accept HTML test 187:
INPUT element must have only one associated LABEL. [1] 
Are there any accessibility problems with having two labels associated
with the same input element? To me it would that problems only occur if
the wrong label is associated, but that's true if only 1 label is
associated as well. Multiple labels are permitted by the HTML spec and
used wisely it can actually benefit accessibility. Based on this, I
would like to reject this test.

Roberto Scano:
There is a problem for label esplicit association. The "for" attribute
refer to the ID and HTML spec don't authorize to use more than one ID
per page.

A real-world example: a content management system we built allowed the
user to choose between two images. We used radiobuttons placed below the
images to make the selection. One radiobutton had a text to it that read
something like 'use old photograph', the other 'use new photograph'. 
We chose to use both the image (where the alt text described the image)
and the text as labels. This way, the user could either click the image
or the text below it to make a selection, providing a larger click
target for people with limited motor functions. Also, it made sure that
both the alt-text of the image and the meaning of the radio button (to
use that
image) were associated with the radio button.

Roberto Scano:
Put the input inside a fieldset.

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