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Re: Navigation in HTML forms


From: Randall Pope
Date: Apr 22, 2009 7:10AM

Hi Dave and Randi,

In a survey, would it be wise to leave the heading in as an option for the
screen readers?

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Randall "Randy" Pope
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-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of David Andrews
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 6:56 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Navigation in HTML forms

I am a screen reader user -- and I wouldn't tend to use header
navigation in surveys. This is primarily because surveys are
generally one off things, that is, I do it, and am done, so may not
be that familiar with it. That makes me less likely to use larger
navigation jumps -- I would tend to just down arrow quickly, as I
wouldn't necessarily know how far I had to go or skip.


At 10:37 AM 4/21/2009, you wrote:
>For many years we have been recommending to use fieldset/legend elements to
>make radio buttons and check boxes accessible. With this technique you
>associate each
>radio or checkbox item with the proper legend element so a screen reader
>user always knows what group of radio or checkbox items he is dealing with.
>so far so good.
>On the other hand, I have been recommending to make the question surveys a
>heading (h2-h6) especially in large surveys. This would allow screen reader
>users to navigate easily between questions and/or skip selected questions
>using screen reader heading navigation function.
>Here's the problem:
>Apparently, HTMl does not allow the use of header elements inside or
>the legend element so I can't not make my radio or checkbox question a
>heading in the form. See the question 3 and 4 at:
>If they were using ordered list for the survey questions, there wouldn't be
>a strong need to make the questions a heading because screen reader
>offer a good navigation mechanism for lists; question numbering is hard
>coded and are not coming from OL.
>Here's my questions and I would be thankful if you share your feedback with
>me and/or the group.
>1. How many of you in particular screen reader users use the heading
>navigation in a mid-size or large surveys.
>2. Do you consider making survey questions a heading as a Best Practice for
>mid-size or large HTML forms?
>Note that in large surveys you might need to skip one or a set of survey
>questions so you need a mean to easily jump over selected questions.