No initial option selected in list

Compliance Data & User Impact

User Impact: Critical

100% Complete

Disabilities Affected:

  • blindness
  • deafblindness
  • motor disabillities

WCAG Version:

WCAG Levels:

  • A

WCAG Guidelines:

Solution Techniques:

Automated Test Accuracy:

uTester Severity:

DRRSAG Designations:

  • state

How to Fix the Problem

Add a “selected” attribute to one of the options.

The Algorithm, in Simple Terms

Engine scans for <select> elements with no “multiple” attribute where no option is initially selected or <role=listbox> elements where no <role=option> is marked as aria-selected=true.

Why Is it Important?

The selected or aria-selected=trueattributes mark the current selection, so that users understand what they have chosen.

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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