We develop a web application which is used by government users, as such it
is 508 compliant...
According to 508 checkpoint 10.4, text boxes should be filled with text,
advising the user how to fill the text box
For example a search text box will present "Enter Search Terms" (see http://www.us.gov/)
My hesitation is about combo box (drop down lists). Until now I've always
presented a default value in the combo box and it still seems to be the
right way. Is it a problem for reading-aid tools? I don't know.
Anyway if I present a form with a list of fields, all with help-text, should
the combo also present text instead of the default value?
I can say yes if it is a state selection, but it is more difficult when
there are only a few option and one is much more frequent...