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Re: Include default text?


From: Steven Faulkner
Date: Oct 24, 2004 5:30PM

On Saturday, 23 October 2004 jkorpela wrote:

>A pointless "fix" to a problem that should not be created.

Out in the real world, web developers and designers want to create lots of
that may seem "pointless" to others, some of which decrease accessibility.
The method i suggested is one way of minimising the problems I have
observed, when screen reader users have encountered default texts.

with regards

Steven Faulkner
Web Accessibility Consultant
National Information & Library Service (NILS)
454 Glenferrie Road
Kooyong Victoria 3144
Phone: (613) 9864 9281
Fax: (613) 9864 9210

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-----Original Message-----
From: jkorpela [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Saturday, 23 October 2004 5:40 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Include default text?

On Fri, 22 Oct 2004, steven.faulkner wrote:

> If want to include default place holders, you can use JavaScript to clear
> field of its default text on focus.

A pointless "fix" to a problem that should not be created.

What about the users who get confused by sudden disappearance of text?
Being slow, the user did not quite notice, or understand, the text that
was there. Now it vanished and there is no obvious way to get it back to
see whether it was important.

Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/

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