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Re: Native App Dev Question About Making Field Labels That Do Not Disappear


From: BF Devs
Date: Jan 29, 2018 9:45AM

If I am understanding you correctly, are you talking about placeholder text within a text field: like a hint as to what potential users may specify, and when focused on usually disappears?

In Android that is hint text. I do not know Android native accessibility rules but the guidelines are here so ask your developers to check these along with the Material Design resources on occasion, to see if hint text is addressed:


And for iOS, iOS specific accessibility implementations and guidance can be found here: https://developer.apple.com/accessibility/ios/

Obviously these may not adhere to Section 508 etc but may help developers with native apps understand why certain issues may be problems and where they could look further or use existing native assistance (for example, VoiceOver may be able to realize what hint text is).

Not exactly a concrete answer but I hope this helps anyway.


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> On Jan 29, 2018, at 11:29 AM, Jim Homme < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Hi,
> This question applies to both IOS and Android. What do I tell developers to fix a problem in which the user types into an edit box, and the field label disappears? This is like on the web, when the placeholder attribute goes away. I'm unsure what to tell the devs to do to make a field label stay on screen, since I'm not an IOS nor Android native developer.
> Thanks.
> Jim
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