Test Case xhtml1_wcag2_20050630_3.1_l3_sc3_001: Acronym with expansion in title attribute

Formal Metadata

Formal Metadata
TitleAcronym with expansion in title attribute
DescriptionA short text with an acronym; the expansion of the acronym is provided in the title attribute of the acronym element.
CreatorBenToWeb (Christophe.Strobbe@…)
RightsCopyright BenToWeb 2004-2007
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)

Feature: acronym (namespace: http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml) .

Technical specification: Phrase elements: EM, STRONG, DFN, CODE, SAMP, KBD, VAR, CITE, ABBR, and ACRONYM .

Test Data


This test case is intended to pass because an expansion of the acronym is available.

Test Modes

End user.

Test Files

Test file.


xhtml1_wcag2_20050630_3.1_l3_sc3_001 (XML).


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

Primary Rules

The test case passes (line 9, column 43) the following success criterion: http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-WCAG20-20050630/#meaning-located.

Functional Outcome

The user can find the expanded forms of abbreviations and/or acronyms.

Technical Comment

Some browsers display the content of the title attribute when the mouse pointer hovers over the acronym, but the HTML specification does not require this. Some screen readers, for example JAWS 6.2, WindowEyes 5.0, and some talking browers, for example Home Page Reader 3.0, can be set to speak the title attribute.