Scope attribute is used on wrong element

Compliance Data & User Impact

User Impact: Critical

80% Complete

Disabilities Affected:

  • deafblindness
  • blindness

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WCAG Levels:

  • A

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DRRSAG Designations:

  • role
  • relationship

How to Fix the Problem

Use the scope attribute on table cells used as a header.

The Algorithm, in Simple Terms

In HTML5 the scope attribute is allowed only on <th> elements. scope= colgroup can be used on <th> element only if it has a colspan attribute. scope= rowgroup can be used on <th> element only if it has a rowspan attribute.

Why Is it Important?

The scope attribute should be used to clarify the scope of any cell used as a header. The scope identifies whether the cell is a header for a row, column, or group of rows or columns.

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