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Accessible forms in XHTML

From: Andrew Johns <andrew.johns@jkd.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2002 10:28:20 +0100
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Good morning everyone,

On researching information for what makes a form more accessible, I came across many examples of <label> tags, whereby an id and name are both set, but usually different.

an example being:

<label for="label">A label:</label><input type="text" id="label" name="txt">

from my understanding of XHTML, the name attribute is being dropped in favour of the id tag.  In many XHTML guides they recommend to set both and ID and a name attribute for compatibility between old and new browsers.  This would mean something like this:

<input type="text" id="txt" name="txt" />

now my worry is what if I want to do an accessible form in XHTML? As most examples of accessible forms tend to have different names and ids for elements, it leads me to believe that they HAVE to be different, and if so, how compatible is this with XHTML?

Or maybe I've just got the wrong end of the stick?



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