Test Case xhtml1_wcag2_20050630_1.3_l2_sc2_001: Red text with CSS to indicate required form fields

Formal Metadata

Formal Metadata
TitleRed text with CSS to indicate required form fields
DescriptionA page with a form that has two fieldsets. The first fieldset contains a group of radio buttons, and the user is required to make a choice (there is no default). Instructions above the form explain that required fields have labels in red. The red text for the first fieldset is created by means of CSS and does not include a textual or character cue to tell the user that the field is required, so it is very difficult for users of current screen reader to find out which form fields are required. The form relies on the user's ability to recognize red text
CreatorBenToWeb (Christophe.Strobbe@…)
RightsCopyright BenToWeb 2004-2007
LanguageEnglish
Date2005-09-30
Statusaccepted for end user evaluation

Technologies and Features

Technologies are markup languages or data formats. If the technology is a markup language, “features” refers to elements and attributes.

XHTML™ 1.0 The Extensible HyperText Markup Language (Second Edition)

XHTML™ 1.0 The Extensible HyperText Markup Language (Second Edition)

Cascading Style Sheets, level 2 - CSS2 Specification

Cascading Style Sheets, level 2 - CSS2 Specification

Test Data

Purpose

This test case is intended to fail because information about required form fields is conveyed through colour only.

Test Modes

End user.

Test Files

Test file.

TCDL Data

xhtml1_wcag2_20050630_1.3_l2_sc2_001 (XML).

Rules

“Rules” refer to success criteria in WCAG 2.0, checkpoints in WCAG 1.0 and similar requirements.

Primary Rules

The test case fails the following success criterion: http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-WCAG20-20050630/#content-presentation-structure-without-color.

Functional Outcome

The user needs to be able to recognize the color red in order to know which fields are required.

Technical Comment

The code uses the class attribute and a CSS style sheet to indicate required fields, but no other cues.