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Re: textbox in table cell


From: Moore, Michael
Date: Mar 26, 2008 3:40PM

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[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Jared Smith
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 3:40 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] textbox in table cell

Jared wrote:

To play devil's advocate a bit - if the information provided in the
title attribute is *necessary* to ensure accessibility, then is it
really "advisory"? You wouldn't want to use title to provide vital or
required information or content. It should be reserved for supplementary

Now in this case, because the table headers already provides the
information, but not necessarily in a way that is friendly to screen
readers, then you could certainly argue that repeating that information
in the title attribute is indeed advisory.

Mike's response:

I certainly would not argue with that analysis. <aside>Jared are you
allowed to play the devil's advocate in Utah? (grin) </aside>

Jared wrote:

And to clarify, the only cases where most screen readers will read the
title attribute by default is for form elements that have no labels and
for frames.

Mike's response:

And to clarify even further, the only cases where a developer should
consider using the title attribute instead of the label element is when
there is not a visible label. Visible labels should always be enclosed
in the label element with the for attribute defined to point to the id
attribute of the input.