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Re: Accessible styled input type="file" and select boxes

From: Marc Haunschild <mh@zadi.de>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 07:49:05 +0100 (CET)
To: Devarshi Pant <devarshipant@gmail.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <91f82135-e25b-485d-bb61-071a58131ea3@mail>
Hi Devarshi,

Marc wrote:
The input Eement with the type file can not be styled like other elements. I mean grafical styling, like changing size, position, font, shape and so on.

> Hi Marc: Do we have to style it like other elements?

>> Yes of course - it does not only look strange, but also may confuse users, if there is an input in a form, which looks like belonging to anything, but not this form.

There are some techniques out there using JavaScript to hide these Elements and replace them with text fields and buttons. These solutions normally can not be used by people without a mouse or using a screen reader.

> In that case, avoid using such techniques. I believe your statement, “A form which uses input type="file" should not be a problem for JAWS or other screen readers,” is applicable when such techniques are not used.

The problem ist: most people do see and designers design sites for most people and I saw already a lot of sites, useing non-accessible techniques. Especially in this case they are wide spread.

I want to make it better, but it does not help a bit, if we discuss, whether we should support 99% of the people, who as a matter of fact can see AND use a mouse... :-(


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