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Re: Focus for error messages


From: Emma Duke-Williams
Date: Apr 19, 2007 2:40PM

On 19/04/07, Rich Pedley < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Looks good, but could perhaps be improved. Currently on an error the
> link provided goes directly to the input, Where as it would be better
> going to the label. This may not be the best for accessibility, but
> usability wise I feel it is better. *I* get confused when the label
> for the relevant input isn't on the screen!!

What's even worse, is when it tells you there's an error with the
form, but not where, or, it tells you where, but you can't figure out
what the error is ...
My surname sometimes triggers errors. Some sites don't like
double-barrelled names; other sites just give errors with no apparent
reason & the only way I've got round it is moving from Firefox to IE,
entering the *same* data - and it works.

(and don't talk to me about flight booking forms that when you want to
change one detail, promptly forget everything you just told it.)
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