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Re: Visible labels for link, combobox and button?


From: Steve Green
Date: Aug 10, 2020 10:01AM

I cannot find anything in SC 3.3.2 that allows the use of images or icons as labels, and I always report that as a non-conformance. The nearest I can find is technique G167, which states "When a button invokes a function on an input field, has a clear text label, and is rendered adjacent to the input field, the button also acts as a label for the input field."

I also cannot see anything that permits the use of a combobox's default value as a label. That is no different from relying on the placeholder in a textbox insofar as the label is no longer visible once the value of the form control has been changed.

Steve Green
Managing Director
Test Partners Ltd

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Most experts agree that SC 3.3.2 Labels or Instructions requires visible labels for input. Visible labels can take different forms including values in combo boxes, images/icons, and other controls as a label - but there needs to be some visible label as well that is persistent


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Does anyone have a view of whether there should there be visible labels for links, comboboxes and button for a form? I have a website built by one of our clients that do not place visible labels to the link, comboboxes and button that are used to filter a list of search results? However, they all each have an accessible name such as the following example where whatever text is displayed is used as the accessible name.

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If the links, combobox and button have an accessible name already would that suffice for success criteria 2.4.6 Headings and labels or does there need to be a visible label?


Wing Kuet
Accessibility Consultant & Software Tester Test Partners Ltd <EMAIL REMOVED> <mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> >