New day, new article
days to a more accessible weblog
. This time about labeling of form
elements. Hey, why not? It's easy enough to do.
So then I decide to use Bobby, a validator that
checks the accessibility of a webpage and one of the fussiest (if
not the fussiest) accessibility validators I know of. So then it's
a process of validate, figure out what Bobby is complaining about, fix, lather, rinse, repeat.
I easily get AA approved (if I
make sure not to have duplicate links with the same text, and hack the
URL of the results page)
but the exhaulted AAA rating
(which it uses by default) just wasn't there. Let's see … I explicitely
set the forground and background colors for the Google image
(previously, I had just set the background color), set the properties for
the <FIELDSET> and <LEGEND> tags so they don't
disrupt the visual look of the page (yet are still there for those that need
it) and added them to both forms on the page, even though the
Google one only has one visible field to set (come on! a
<FIELDSET> for one entry field? What are you
guys smoking?) I even added the <LABEL> tags the way
Bobby wants them (explicit
labels instead of implicit labels).
Seems that to get the exhaulted
AAA rating, I need to add placeholding
characters in the text entry fields over there to the left (or
way below, depending on how this page is rendered).
Accessibility vs. usability? I'm not entirely sure what the accessibility
issues are for filling in bogus or example data for the two fields and it's
pretty obvious to me what should go in there but hey, you never know. But
in any case, I'm not filling in the fields with bogus or example data as
that would violate my æsthetic sensibilities with the page.
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