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Re: Relating answer options to their question


From: Isabel Holdsworth
Date: Sep 3, 2018 8:39AM

Thanks everyone. We're creating a question authoring system, which
means we won't have fine control over what's uploaded. So we're trying
to cover all bases in enabling authors to create accessible content.

I think that asking an author to condense their question down into
four or five words might result in some interesting content, and good
as the idea is, we don't feel confident that authors would understand
the consequences of getting it wrong, especially since the shortened
version won't be visible. I've used this technique myself many times,
and it works well if you have control over the content.

Thanks again, Isabel

On 01/09/2018, Guy Hickling < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> I would like to take up the point of very long fieldset legends because
> this does bother me every time I see it, and I think we could look for some
> alternative solution without necessarily going down the ARIA route.
> Where a group of checkboxes or radios has a very long text above the group,
> but no fieldset, I have experimented with recommending as the solution that
> the developers should choose a few words that correctly describe the group
> and could therefore be the group label (keeping it to less than 5 words if
> possible. These words will usually occur in the long text already shown on
> screen.) Add these chosen words (visually on screen) above the very long
> text as a visual label for the whole group. Then use them as the fieldset
> legend. Just leave the long text as is, not using it for the legend. This
> offers a way to have very short fieldset legends, while still showing the
> desired long text before the group of checkboxes/radios.
> I would be interested in people's comments on this.
> Regards,
> Guy Hickling
> > > > >