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Re: place-holding characters in edit/text boxes

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2003 07:09:47 -0400
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-id: <003501c3211b$d3519a80$6401a8c0@handsontech>

I don't know what the consensus was but thinking beyond percieved behavior
and acceptance as we know it, there are good sound reasons to fill that
blank space with something meaningfull even though it might be a bit
hastling for some including me.  Screen readers are doing a nice job with
edit fields now if they are coded correctly, but there is still plenty of
reason to use technology that does not handle even well marked up forms as
well as the latest and greatest.  When a good free browser that will run on
all platforms is available that provides for appropriate prompting
internally, I'd say we could drop this solution.  I have not yet seen that
solution.  It is though the prompting that is important for some and screen
readers which are used on netscape or some other browser that is not ie or
lynx may continue to benefit as well as those who have other visual issues
and those who need some prompting for other reasons to understand that
something needs to go into that box.

Choice is important so if you can make an edit box into a choice box, that
is prefferable.  If you do use an edit box and comment in it, Please, don't
put a 0 in the quantity box.
Received on Friday, 23 May 2003 07:10:36 UTC

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