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Contrast requirement for text box border (when focus is not on)

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From: Kaur, Gurpreet
Date: Mar 29, 2016 8:30PM


Accessibility SMEs,

I need feedback on contrast requirement of text box (form element) border, when the focus is not on that element. Looks like it is not a requirement in W3C. It is listed as recommendation. I would like to understand if this is a mandatory accessibility requirement or just a best practice for compliance with WCAG 'A' and 'AA' standards. Also is this a good usability requirement?
https://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/visual-audio-contrast-contrast.html

Providing sufficient color contrast for empty text fields (future link)

Thanks and regards,
Gurpreet