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Date & phone number format


From: Gemayel, Ziad
Date: Dec 4, 2003 11:33AM

Hi everyone,

I am trying to gather feedback regarding two ways of requesting dates and
phone numbers. I think it is more of a usability issue than an
accessibility issue and probably personal preferences are involved.

First style:
Date (example: mmddyyyy) [ ]
Phone (example: 2121234567) [ ]

This format requires input in one field with no spaces and no punctuation.
It also means less tabbing, but may be confusing to some and thus lead to

Second style:
Date (example: mm dd yyyy) (enter month as mm)* [ ] (enter day as dd)* [
] (enter year as yyyy)* [ ]. The * here means that the text is not
visible, but is placed in the title attribute and therefore is available to
Jaws and Window-Eyes users (I understand that I might be undermining
universal accessibility by considering only Jaws and Window-eyes, but I
would like to focus on the issue of having one input field versus three in
this case).

Phone (enter area code)* [ ] (enter first 3 digits)* [ ] (enter last 4
digits)* [ ]. Again, the * here means that the text is not visible, but is
placed in the title attribute.

Thanks for your feedback,

Ziad Gemayel
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