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Re: Visual question about inline error handling


From: Bryan Garaventa
Date: Jan 27, 2013 1:21AM

Thanks, that helps a lot :)

I'll add this to the design.

All the best,

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Green" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
To: "WebAIM Discussion List" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Saturday, January 26, 2013 1:22 PM
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Visual question about inline error handling

> My preference is for validation to be done when fields lose focus rather
> than validating after each keystroke, because I find the appearance and
> disappearance of error messages distracting. In the case of email
> addresses with domains such as gsi.gov.uk the error message can appear and
> disappear several times. This is bad enough visually, but it results in an
> even worse experience for screen reader users because in every
> implementation I have seen the error message interrupts the announcement
> of the characters that are being typed. This can easily cause typing
> errors that would not have occurred otherwise.
> Regardless of whether you validate after each keystroke or after fields
> lose focus, I would expect error messages to remain after fields lose
> focus. I would not expect error messages to be present before fields
> receive focus - I know at least one site that does this and it confuses
> and annoys me.
> Steve Green
> Managing Director
> Test Partners Ltd
> -----Original Message-----
> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Bryan Garaventa
> Sent: 26 January 2013 20:49
> To: WebAIM Discussion List
> Subject: [WebAIM] Visual question about inline error handling
> Hi, I'm currently working on an inline error handling module, with some
> extra stuff for handling dynamically updated help tooltips, but I'm not
> sure about something from a sighted perspective.
> If you have a form with various fields, and you tab through it, would you
> expect inline error tooltips to appear next to every field that has
> invalid input?
> Or, would you only expect the error tooltips to appear one at a time so
> that only one is visible?
> Thanks,
> Bryan
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