Bug 16835 - use of title attribute for instructions results in inaccessible content
Summary: use of title attribute for instructions results in inaccessible content
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: HTML5 spec (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC Windows NT
: P3 normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: steve faulkner
QA Contact: HTML WG Bugzilla archive list
Keywords: a11y
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-04-24 11:39 UTC by steve faulkner
Modified: 2013-03-17 18:21 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Description steve faulkner 2012-04-24 11:39:19 UTC
the spec suggests user agents use the title attribute for description strings that may be displayed at any time. Due to user agents not implementing 'tooltips' accessible the content is not available to keyboard only users until a incorrect pattern has been put in.

"When an input element has a pattern attribute specified, authors should include a title attribute to give a description of the pattern. User agents may use the contents of this attribute, if it is present, when informing the user that the pattern is not matched, or at any other suitable time, such as in a tooltip or read out by assistive technology when the control gains focus."

suggest adding authoring advice to mitigate this for example:

"authors should not rely on this method, also provide a description of the pattern in text so that all users can have access to the information"
Comment 1 contributor 2012-07-18 07:20:31 UTC
This bug was cloned to create bug 17939 as part of operation convergence.
Comment 2 steve faulkner 2013-03-17 18:21:26 UTC
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Status: accepted
Change Description: added advice to http://www.w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/forms.html#attr-input-pattern
Rationale: the spec did not match reality in its advice, it does now.

refer to http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2013Mar/0118.html for pointer to HTML WG discussion.