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Re: Label vs ALT tag on form elements


From: Derek Featherstone - furtherAhead.com
Date: Mar 21, 2007 9:50AM

Keith wrote:
>So what's the scoop on ALT tags for form elements?

As far as I am aware, the alt attribute for a form field is to provide an alernate for user agents that either don't support that particular form control or (perhaps) the scenario where that support is turned off - much the same way as alt serves that purpose for images.

I believe it has some support in AT for input type=image as a screen reader will read that alt text if present. Not sure of any support outside that.

Derek Featherstone <EMAIL REMOVED>
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