RE: Re[2]: Should we require labels to be always visible?

From: Glenda Sims []
Sent: Friday, January 6, 2017 1:54 PM

In my book, the label can be an icon (or text).  Here is how I have our experts consistently call this for 3.3.2 (with some thoughts related to 1.3.1 and 4.1.2)

  *   Label or Instructions MUST be visible at all times to sighted users.
  *   An icon (with appropriate alternative text) can serve as a label. Examples of common icons that label form fields (or user controls) include: magnifying glass (for search), 3 horizontal lines on top of each other (hamburger menu), gear (preferences or settings), trash can (delete or view trash depending on context). Remember, these are just a few examples.
  *   A placeholder alone in a form field does not qualify as a label for sighted users because it is not always present. Note: A placeholder, then supplemented by a label (even if the label does not visually appear until after the user focuses on the field) is enough to pass - so long as a label is always programmatically associated.
[Jason] An interesting example that occurs here at ETS is a pair of fields for entering the numerical numerator and denominator of a fraction, arranged vertically and separated by a visible fraction line.
I assume that label elements or aria-label attributes are used correctly to provide explicit labels for assistive technologies. The spatial layout of the fields and the fraction line (in an educational setting) should be clear to visual readers without the need for textual labels. This example arguably doesn’t fall into your first category (icons), although the intent is similar. My inclination is to regard such examples as sufficiently unambiguous to be worthy of satisfying any proposed success criterion in this area.


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