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RE: setting focus on a form field using javascript

From: Patrick Lauke <P.H.Lauke@salford.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 10:43:31 +0100
Message-ID: <3A1D23A330416E4FADC5B6C08CC252B90113C700@misnts16.mis.salford.ac.uk>
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> Antony Tennant

> I would like to know your thoughts on the use of this
> technique and the level of DDA compliance

As a sidenote, there are no defined levels of "DDA compliance".
It's not even clear at this stage what the DDA requires specifically
(there's no mention, for instance, of WCAG 1.0 AA or similar). It's
case law, and will be decided on a case by case basis in court.
However, one would expect that if it does come to a court case,
then current / best practices such the basic recommendations of
WCAG 1.0 or 2.0 will be taken into consideration. That's not to
say, though, that if a site breaks one of the WCAG guidelines
(for a valid reason, e.g. ignoring one of the "until user agents"
ones from WCAG 1.0 because it is generally considered to be
obsolete) then it's automatically in breach of the DDA. The legislation
is not as cut and dry as that.

Patrick H. Lauke
Webmaster / University of Salford
Received on Friday, 6 May 2005 09:45:41 UTC

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