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From: Miller, Lisa F. (LMS)
Date: Feb 20, 2003 2:41PM


We are developing an online form, and are having problems navigating thru
the from with JAWS. There are a number of labeled input fields, which each
have text instructions preceeding them, such as:

===
This is a long instruction on how to correctly fill out field 1, plus any
reference information which might be needed.

Field1 Label: ___________

This is a long instruction on how to correctly fill out field 2, plus any
reference information which might be needed.

Field2 Label: ____________

===

When our tester navigates this page with JAWS, the instructions lines are
skipped because it is navigating thru the input fields only - to get the
text, he has to change modes, which a blind person would not know to do -
there is no indication to the user that the text is there.

Right now the page is built with one set of FORM tags - is there any way,
other than wrapping each individual input field with its own FORM tag, to
get JAWS to read the instruction text? We are debating placing the text
into read only textareas, but this would not be our first choice. Has
anyone else ran across this - maybe already solved this for us?

Thanks,

Lisa F. Miller
BWXT Y-12 - Technical Computing
Email: <EMAIL REMOVED>


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