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Re: [WSG] implicit / explicit labels which is better?

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2005 00:05:05 +0100
Message-ID: <42EFFC21.10208@splintered.co.uk>
To: jimallan@tsbvi.edu
CC: wsg@webstandardsgroup.org, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Jim Allan wrote:
> UAAG does not require explicit or implicit labeling of form controls. Nor
> does the HTML 4.01 specification [1].

And we're not disputing that, as it's squarely a WCAG issue at that point.

> UAAG requires that the user agent:
> 	1) provide a content focus for enabled elements (9.1 Priority 1)
> 	2) Allow the user to move the content focus to any enabled element (9.3
> Priority 1)
> 	3) Highlight enabled elements according to the granularity specified in the
> format. (10.2 Priority 1)
> HTML 4.01 provides a mechanism for explicit or implicit association between
> form control and associated labels. Each user agent has a default mechanism
> for rendering and/or indicating the focus of an enabled element. Authors may
> affect that rendering through the use of CSS.

However, once a form control is labelled (implicitly or explicitly) does 
UAAG guideline 7 apply? Following OS conventions?

Patrick H. Lauke
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