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Re: Place-holders in text input fields


From: Andrew.Arch@visionaustralia.org.au
Date: May 11, 2003 11:53PM

Hello Ian/Sebastian,

Re checkpoint 10.4 - we now advise our clients that all assistive
technology that we've come across in use recently handle empty control
boxes fine (in fact place-holding text is often more confusing to screen
reader users than an empty text field). Our general recommendation is that
this checkpoint no longer applies.

We likewise tell people to ignore 10.3 as long as the tables have been
constructed correctly - what do others think?

Cheers, Andrew
Dr Andrew Arch
Manager Online Accessibility Consulting, Vision Australia Foundation
Ph 613 9864 9222; Fax 613 9864 9210; Mobile 0438 755 565
http://www.visionaustralia.org.au/webaccessibility |
http://www.it-test.com.au/ | http://www.dc-anz.org/

Member, Education & Outreach Working Group,
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative

"Ian Lloyd"
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Subject: Place-holders in text input fields
12/05/2003 07:54
Please respond to

On Friday, May 09, 2003 4:40 PM: <EMAIL REMOVED> <>
apparantly said:

> How can I introduce myself without sound dreadfully dull? The odds
> are against me; I'm a civil servant, with the job title
> "e-communications specialist (accessibility/usability)". I then wrote
> a couple of paragraphs outlining what I do, but that *was* pretty
> dull. So, I'll save that for another time - if you are interested.

Heh, so self-deprecating - but I bet that I'd be very interested in what
do ...

> Had I known you were going to be at the DRC briefing I would have
> looked out for you - name badges may have been useful.

I might design a T-shirt for the next event like this :-)

> However, on to the substance of my communiqu