Element

caption

Error Type

Potential

Guidelines

  • WCAG 2.0 (Level A)
    Guideline Group1.3 Ensure that information and structure can be separated from presentation
    Guideline SubgroupSuccess Criteria 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (A)
  • WCAG 2.0 (Level AA)
    Guideline Group1.3 Adaptable: Create content that can be presented in different ways (for example simpler layout) without losing information or structure.
    Guideline SubgroupSuccess Criteria 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (A)
  • WCAG 2.0 (Level AAA)
    Guideline Group1.3 Adaptable: Create content that can be presented in different ways without losing information or structure.
    Guideline SubgroupSuccess Criteria 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (A)

Requirement

Table captions identify the table.

Error

Table caption may not identify the table.

Short Description

If the table has a caption then the caption must identify the table.

How To Determine

Question Does this table caption identify the table?
PASS table caption identifies the table.
FAIL table caption does not identify the table.

Steps To Check

Procedure

1. View the table and the caption.

Expected Result

1. Table captions identify the table.

Failed Result

1. Modify the caption so it identifies the table.

Examples

Pass Examples

caption identifies the table.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/xhtml; charset=UTF-8" />
<title>ATRC Testfile - Check #242.2 - Negative</title>
</head>
<body>
<table border="1"><caption>Cups of coffee consumed by each senator</caption>

<tr><th>name</th><th>number of cups</th><th>type</th><th>with sugar</th></tr>
<tr><td>Adams, Willie</td><td>2</td><td>regular</td><td>sugar</td></tr>
<tr><td>Bacon, Lise</td><td>4</td><td>regular</td><td>no sugar</td></tr>
<tr><td>Chaput, Maria</td><td>1</td><td>decaf</td><td>sugar</td></tr>
<tr><td>Di Nino, Consiglio</td><td>0</td><td>not applicable</td><td>not applicable</td></tr>
<tr><td>Eggleton, Art</td><td>6</td><td>regular</td><td>no sugar</td></tr>
</table>

</body>
</html>

Fail Examples

caption does not identify the table.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/xhtml; charset=UTF-8" />
<title>ATRC Testfile - Check #242.2 - Positive</title>
</head>
<body>
<table border="1"><caption>Caption Goes Here</caption>

<tr><th>name</th><th>number of cups</th><th>type</th><th>with sugar</th></tr>
<tr><td>Adams, Willie</td><td>2</td><td>regular</td><td>sugar</td></tr>
<tr><td>Bacon, Lise</td><td>4</td><td>regular</td><td>no sugar</td></tr>
<tr><td>Chaput, Maria</td><td>1</td><td>decaf</td><td>sugar</td></tr>
<tr><td>Di Nino, Consiglio</td><td>0</td><td>not applicable</td><td>not applicable</td></tr>
<tr><td>Eggleton, Art</td><td>6</td><td>regular</td><td>no sugar</td></tr>
</table>

</body>
</html>

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