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Appropriate to use textarea to display text?


From: Don Hinshaw
Date: Apr 30, 2005 2:07PM

Hi there,
I am updating an existing site and they currently use a textarea to display "terms of use" information. It seems like that could be potentially confusing -- a visitor using a screen reader might think they were in a form they were required to input text to.
Is it an acceptable use? I am inclined to place a link next to a check box something like this:

<input type="checkbox" name="checkbox" value="accept" id="termsAccept">
<label for="termsAccept">I have read and accept the <a href="terms.html">terms of use.</label></a>
<input type="checkbox" name="checkbox2" value="decline" id="termsDecline">
<label for="termsDecline">I do not accept the <a href="terms.html">terms of use.</label></a>


Don Hinshaw
Hinshaw Design Group