[whatwg] Placeholder option for text input boxes
bhawkeslewis at googlemail.com
Tue Sep 30 10:25:20 PDT 2008
Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
> 2) @alt
> Pro: Presumably accessible to people with screen readers.
Presumptions are risky.
Is there any evidence (by which I mean a test case and a description of
how to reproduce behavior with real user agents) that demonstrates that
this would be true for INPUT TYPE="TEXT"? I can imagine screen readers
resorting to checking ALT to repair missing LABEL and TITLE; I'd be
surprised if it were common behavior otherwise. Likewise I can imagine
users being able to query for ALT, but this hardly seems like a natural
interface for accessing placeholder text.
> 3) @title
> Not accessible.
There are various accessibility problems @title in existing environments
and user agents:
However, implementations could be improved, just as support for
"placeholder" could be implemented.
> 4) <label> (moving label textual content into <input> as placeholder
> CSS to present the desired appearance while keeping the DOM stable)
> Pro: Most semantic.
Is it? How is it /more/ semantic than "placeholder", which would
precisely identify this text as a placeholder?
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