Example for Checkpoint
10.4 - Until user agents handle empty controls correctly, include default, place-holding characters in edit boxes and text areas.

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Why? Some older browsers do not let a keyboard user "TAB" into an entry field. In the FORM example below, an asterisk in the Name field and some default text in the Textarea allow the user to search for the placeholding text and thus provide a means of getting the insertion cursor into the field.

Your name


The following code creates the above FORM example:

Your name <INPUT TYPE="TEXT" NAME="Name" SIZE="50" VALUE="* ">

Feedback <TEXTAREA NAME="TextArea1" ROWS="4" COLS="50">

Please enter your comments here: </TEXTAREA>

<INPUT TYPE="submit" VALUE="Submit this form.">

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