Example for Checkpoint
12.3, continued.

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Group form controls (using the FIELDSET and LEGEND elements).

The FIELDSET element is used to group related form controls in a logical manner. A graphical browser might emphasize this relationship by drawing a border around the related elements. A future assistive device or user agent might help the user to make sense out of complex forms by enabling navigation within the group or groups.

By associating a meaningful LEGEND with each FIELDSET group, the author provides a label that will clearly explain the purpose or nature of the groupings. User agents that support LEGEND will be able to make that information available to those who want it. Some graphical browser currently show the legend as text appearing in a space in the border drawn by the FIELDSET element.

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Accessibility note: If your graphical browser does not show the above example with borders and text around related controls, then it doesn't support the FIELDSET and LEGEND elements.

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