ASP.NET MVC, aria-required, and jQuery Unobtrusive Validation

I saw this interesting article about using model metadata in ASP.NET MVC to add the aria-required attribute to required input fields. The approaches there are all totally valid and work great if you have the requirement to add the attribute on the server-side.

However, if you're using jQuery unobtrusive validation, you've already got some metadata you can use from the client side. Required fields all get the data-val-required attribute associated with them:

<input
  data-val="true"
  data-val-required="This is a required field."
  id="RequiredField"
  name="RequiredField"
  type="text"
  value="" />

The attribute only exists on required fields. With that, it's easy enough to jQuery your way to freedom and leisure:

$(function () {
  $('[data-val-required]').attr('aria-required', true);
});

...and now all of your required fields have the appropriate ARIA attribute.

posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2012 9:30 AM | Filed Under [ Web Development ]

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