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Re: Form validation - on submit or on each required field

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From: Paul J. Adam
Date: Jun 26, 2014 12:22PM


It's always best to send focus directly to the errors so the screen reader does not go silent on a bad submit and assume the form is broken.

If you're doing a page reload you could still send focus to them with JavaScript .focus(), make sure the errors are programmatically associated with the invalid inputs also so they hear them when TABing.

If the invalid input has an associated error message you could also use HTML5 autofocus to grab it on page reload.



Paul J. Adam
Accessibility Evangelist
www.deque.com

On Jun 26, 2014, at 12:18 PM, Stanzel, Susan - FSA, Kansas City, MO < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> When the errors are returned at the top of the page are they supposed to be read automatically? I am coding JSP with the use of struts. I work at the United States Department of Agriculture.
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> Susie Stanzel
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> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Form validation - on submit or on each required field
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> You always need to validate on server side. Using only client-side validation opens you up to evil clients who can fiddle with your input information. Client-side is basically an add-on with added benefits, but server-side is a must.
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> Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7:36 AM
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> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Form validation - on submit or on each required field
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> My preference is to validate at the time of inputting the information. That way, once a user gets to the end, the form is correct and can be submitted.
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> Michelle
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> Subject: [WebAIM] Form validation - on submit or on each required field
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> Hello all.
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> I am seeking your thoughts on which type of form validation is preferred. A form with required fields (with proper notifications) can be validated server side when submitting the form or each field can be validated while completing the form.
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> With validation on submit, if there are errors, the form is refreshed with the focus returning to the top of the form where the errors are listed. When validating each field while completing the form, the user is notified of the error right away and focus is returned to the field.
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> In my opinion, both methods meet WCAG 2.0. However, keeping usability in mind, is there a preference to which method is used.
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