Document uses incorrect lang attribute

Compliance Data & User Impact

User Impact: Major

60% Complete

Disabilities Affected:

  • blindness
  • deafblindness

WCAG Version:

WCAG Levels:

  • A

WCAG Guidelines:

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DRRSAG Designations:

  • general

How to Fix the Problem

Identify the default language of a document by providing a lang attribute with correct value.

The Algorithm, in Simple Terms

Engine scans for an empty or invalid lang attribute on the document (HTML element)

Why Is it Important?

The objective of this technique is to identify the default language of a document by providing the lang and/or xml:lang attribute on the html element.
Identifying the language of the document is important for a number of reasons:
It allows braille translation software to adapt accordingly.
Speech synthesizers that support multiple languages will be able to speak the text in the appropriate accent with proper pronunciation.

Code Example

<blockquote xml:lang="en">

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Washington, DC 20004
Phone number: (888) 995-WCAG
International number: 1(888) 995-9224