Empty title attribute

Compliance Data & User Impact

User Impact: Minor

20% Complete

Disabilities Affected:

  • blindness
  • deafblindness
  • learning disabilities

WCAG Version:
2

WCAG Levels:

  • A

WCAG Guidelines:

Solution Techniques:

Automated Test Accuracy:
Low

uTester Severity:
1

DRRSAG Designations:

  • description

How to Fix the Problem

Use the title attribute to label form controls when the visual design cannot accommodate the label (for example, if there is no text on the screen that can be identified as a label) or where it might be confusing to display a label. User agents, including assistive technology, can speak the title attribute. Therefore the “title” attribute should not be empty.

The Algorithm, in Simple Terms

Engine scans input, textarea, button and select elements for empty title attribute

Why Is it Important?

Users who use assistive tools, such as screen readers rely on a descriptive information to detect the content

Code Example

<label for="searchTerm">Search for:</label>
<input id="id_example_searchTerm" type="text" size="30" value="" name="searchTerm">
<select title="Search in" id="id_example_scope">

</select>

This element perfoms as a container, and has no functionality. This container may contain another elements that has functionality or logical role.

Ignore this issue if this element has an alternative that performs the same and overrides the content of this element.

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