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Re: Hiding Legends


From: John Foliot
Date: Oct 15, 2008 5:40PM

Dean Hamack wrote:
> Hi Jukka,
> Because legends generally aren't necessary for sighted people. They are
> necessary for blind people when there are multiple fields with similar
> labels.
> Read this article:
> http://www.sitepoint.com/article/fancy-form-design-css/

Hmm... far from definitive, and not universally agreed upon. I side with
Jared and Jukka here, if there is a reason to provide a legend, why must
you hide it from the sighted - would it not, for example, also be
beneficial to those with diminished cognitive capacity?

> > I don't think there's nothing usual there.
> Guess you're new around here. That's the way we hide elements for
> accessibility:

Dean, Jukka Korpela has been writing about and contributing to web
accessibility forums and list-serves since back when Netscape 3 ruled the
world. Far from being new, he is one of the pioneers in the field, and a
long-time contributor to this and other lists. A quick check of the W3C
WAI-IG list shows he first posted there in February 2002, and was already
well acquainted with adaptive technology and web accessibility then while
working as a senior advisor to the Finnish Information Society Development