Document uses incorrect xml:lang attribute

Compliance Data & User Impact

User Impact: Major

60% Complete

Disabilities Affected:

  • deafblindness
  • blindness

WCAG Version:

WCAG Levels:

  • A

WCAG Guidelines:

Solution Techniques:

Automated Test Accuracy:

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DRRSAG Designations:

  • general

How to Fix the Problem

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

The Algorithm, in Simple Terms

Engine scans for an empty or invalid xml-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