No Initial Option Selected For Select Element

Compliance Data & User Impact

User Impact: Critical

100% Complete

Disabilities Affected:

  • blindness
  • deafblindness
  • motor disabillities

WCAG Version:

WCAG Levels:

  • A

WCAG Guidelines:

Solution Techniques:

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DRRSAG Designations:

  • state

How to Fix The Problem

Add the selected attribute to one of the options.

The Algorithm, In Simple Terms

The engine scans for <select> elements with no multiple attributes where no option is initially selected, or elements with role=listbox where no children elements with role=option is marked as aria-selected=true.

Why Is It Important?

The selected or aria-selected=trueattributes mark the default selection so that assistive technology users are aware of the currently selected option.

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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