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Re: Netscape

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 08:47:28 -0500 (EST)
To: RUST Randal <RRust@COVANSYS.com>
cc: "WAI (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0201150842170.20590-100000@tux.w3.org>
Well, it is possible to make a site that is accessible to people who use
browsers appropriate to their needs.

Having some text easily associated with a form control for example becuase
it goes something like

label for a button [button]
or another one [button]

please enter your name [text-entry]

tick here for spam [checkbox]

is a start. It can be improved if the text in each case is a label element.
That won't help people who use Netscape 4, or people who are just looking at
the screen and using a Mouse and IE6. But it won't make it less accessible
for those people, and will make it more accessible for people who use a
browser that does do something with the label element.

In general, if you can't work out how something can be made accessible, try
thinking about whether there are things that make it inaccessible, and
whether those things can be changed. It isn't a perfect solution, but it is a
simple way to get another lot of answers to questions.



On Mon, 14 Jan 2002, RUST Randal wrote:

  If Netscape doesn't support the <label> tag, then how is it possible to
  create a form that is accessible?

  Randal Rust
  Senior Consultant
  Covansys, Inc.

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