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Form (Validation Inline)

Since label/field groups are wrapped with p, we cannot add a p as a child element, since the content model for p is phrasing content.

Since p cannot be used to markup an inline error message, this is an appropriate usage of span. Though it has no meaning in itself, it represents its children, which in this case is the text of the error message itself.

If the error messages appear while the user is typing or after the form field loses focus, we use aria-live="assertive" to ensure screen readers announce the error message.

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<label for="firstname">First Name (required)</label>
<input type="text" id="firstname" name="firstname" aria-describedby="firstname_error" />
<span id="firstname_error" aria-live="assertive">First name is required.</span>
<label for="lastname">Last Name (required)</label>
<input type="text" id="lastname" name="lastname" aria-describedby="lastname_error" />
<span id="lastname_error" aria-live="assertive">Last name is required.</span>


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