RE: Placeholder text instead of Labels

Thanks Mitchell. There are so many variations now.

·         Floating labels that are made to look like placeholder texts inside text box and they move aside as the user starts typing in.

As in

Then this gets tricky with the size of text and the colour contrast ratios.

From: Mitchell Evan []
Sent: Wednesday, 16 March 2016 11:35 AM
To: Herin Hentry <>;
Subject: Re: Placeholder text instead of Labels

Yes, "placeholder instead of label" is a failure of WCAG Success Criterion 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value.

These links further describe the problem and solutions:

  *   Maxability: Placeholder attribute and Why it is not accessible<>
  *   WebAIM Thread: Name, Role, Value and Labels or Instructions techniques<>
We should also remember to design an inclusive experience for voice control users. The technical details in this PDF are incomplete, but the use cases are good:

  *   Guidelines For Speech-Accessible HTML for Dragon (PDF)<>
Mitchell Evan

On Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 3:48 PM Herin Hentry <<>> wrote:


Using placeholder texts instead of Labels, the screen reader announces the placeholder texts. But, then it’s not good for older people and people with memory issues.

Will this be accessibility failure?

Thank you,


Mitchell Evan<>
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Received on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 04:30:48 UTC