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Re: Alternatives to LEGEND for a radio button?

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From: Chris Hoffman
Date: Aug 27, 2009 9:00PM


For Firefox at least (I don't have copies of IE or Safari on hand
right now to play with), you could repeat the legend in the title
attribute of the fieldset itself (easy enough to do with a CMS
template), and then display it, with whatever style you want, with
generated CSS content. For example:

Markup:

<fieldset title="Personal Info">
<legend><span>Personal Info</span></legend>
<!-- form elements -->
</fieldset>

CSS:

fieldset:before {
content: attr(title);
display: block;
/* other styles */
}

/* Hide the actual legend off screen */

legend {
padding: 0;
}

legend span {
position: absolute;
left: -9999px;
}

This would avoid the repeated content problem of the heading solution
(as long as you don't consider the title attribute to be "content"),
and would arguably be a legitimate use for the title attribute.
Conditional comments can be used to target alternative styles to
browsers that don't support generated content (IE 7 and below, e.g.).

Chris

On Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 6:36 PM, Chris
Pearce< <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>> Stick with the span technique, using display block, relative/absolute
>> positioning etc you should be able to achieve any layout required
>
> The span technique is limited especially when the legend needs to be positioned to the left and inputs to the right, I believe this can't be done. Using absolute positioning in most cases isn't suitable as it's taken out of the normal flow of the document. I've given up on trying to achieve this. At the end of the day legends are extremely limited in terms of styling.
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> From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of ben morrison
> Sent: Friday, 28 August 2009 1:23 AM
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> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Alternatives to LEGEND for a radio button?
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> On Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 3:56 PM, D A< <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>> I'm tempted to consider this an issue and figure out a way to deal
>> with the inability to style Legend tags properly. However, this seems
>> to maybe be more of a bug/oversight of the screen readers themselves.
>
> Thats front end web development for ya!
>
> Stick with the span technique, using display block, relative/absolute
> positioning etc you should be able to achieve any layout required
>
> Ben
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