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Re: Chronicle of Higher Education article "Colleges Lock Out Blind Students Online" Chronicle Article and form control labeling

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From: Birkir RĂșnar Gunnarsson
Date: Dec 14, 2010 12:03PM


Jon

I hardly dare ask *grin* but was use of MathML or accessible math
considerred at all in your survey (I know, I will read the details of
the rules you crated later, was just wondering if you could give me
the quick and dirty answer to this).
One would hardly expect accessible math on pages that do not have
their form fields in order, but I am very worried about the future of
STEM education as we move from the traditional campus environment with
readers or visual interpreters to online studies.
Thanks
-B

On 12/14/10, Julie Romanowski < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Not outraged, but disappointed. Creating accessible form controls is not
> rock science, and we should expect better from our universities.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <EMAIL REMOVED>
> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Gunderson, Jon R
> Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 12:19 PM
> To: WebAIM Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Chronicle of Higher Education article "Colleges Lock
> Out Blind Students Online" Chronicle Article and form control labeling
>
> I find it interesting that people on this list were not outraged that less
> than 30 percent of the 19,722 pages tested with form controls had accessible
> labels.
>
> http://webaccessibility.cita.illinois.edu/data/
>
> I can't think of a more basic accessibility feature than using a label
> element or title attribute to label a form control.
>
> The lack of form control labeling was my biggest conclusion from the pages
> tested and my biggest worry is how to address this issue.
>
> I think everyone agrees that form control labeling is a part of WCAG 1.0,
> WCAG 2.0, Section 508 requirements and almost any other web accessibility
> standard developed.
>
> If higher education can't even label simple form controls correctly, how are
> they ever going to make Dynamic HTML widgets accessible?
>
> Jon
>