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RE: Required Form Fields Question

From: Jonathan Avila <jon.avila@ssbbartgroup.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2014 12:43:24 -0500
Message-ID: <7b68efa0cb42173d55370cf0cd07e1de@mail.gmail.com>
To: Bryan Garaventa <bryan.garaventa@whatsock.com>, Christophe Strobbe <strobbe@hdm-stuttgart.de>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
[Bryan wrote] The aria-required attribute works in IE8 through 11, FF,
Chrome, and Safari.

Can you clarify what you mean by works?  Is it exposed through the
accessibility API (MSAA, UIA, etc.) or detected by assistive technologies
such as NVDA, JAWS, ZoomText, etc. when used with these browsers.  I think
it's important to consider both scenarios.

Best Regards,


*From:* Bryan Garaventa [mailto:bryan.garaventa@whatsock.com]
*Sent:* Thursday, March 06, 2014 12:37 PM
*To:* Christophe Strobbe; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
*Subject:* Re: Required Form Fields Question

The aria-required attribute works in IE8 through 11, FF, Chrome, and Safari.

----- Original Message -----

*From:* Christophe Strobbe <strobbe@hdm-stuttgart.de>

*To:* w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

*Sent:* Thursday, March 06, 2014 9:30 AM

*Subject:* Re: Required Form Fields Question

Hi Geri,

On 6/03/2014 18:22, Druckman,Geri wrote:

Easiest way to make sure  screen reader users know a certain field is
required, in my opinion, is to add aria-required="true" to the input tag.

According to <http://www.html5accessibility.com/><http://www.html5accessibility.com/%3e>HTML5's
required attribute was already supported by Firefox 15 and Chrome
21 but not accessibility-supported by Internet Explorer 10.
Is aria-required better supported by assistive technologies?

Best regards,


For example for a first name text field:

<input id="first-name" type="text" maxlength="50" value=""
name="rel_first" aria-required="true" ></input>

I also recommended, here at MD Anderson, since most of our forms can get
pretty lengthly, to add at the beginning of the form "All fields are
required except those marked as optional.", and then only mark the optional
fields with the word "Optional".  Makes it clearer and cleaner.

Geri Druckman

Web Development Specialist - Accessibility

Department of Internet Services

MD Anderson Cancer Center

T 713-792-6293 | F 713-745-8134

*From: *<Homme>, James <james.homme@highmark.com>
*Date: *Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:55 AM
*To: *"w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
*Subject: *Required Form Fields Question
*Resent-From: *<w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
*Resent-Date: *Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:56 AM


If a required field symbol is on screen, immediately to the left of a form
field, but outside the label tag, so that a screen reader user has to exit
Form mode to see it, does that violate that a required field must be
programmibly determined?




Christophe Strobbe

Akademischer Mitarbeiter

Adaptive User Interfaces Research Group

Hochschule der Medien

Nobelstraße 10

70569 Stuttgart

Tel. +49 711 8923 2749
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