Test Case xhtml1_wcag2_20050630_3.1_l3_sc3_006: Acronym with obscure expansion in title attribute

Formal Metadata

Formal Metadata
TitleAcronym with obscure 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, but the expansion — as opposed to the acronym itself — is not well known.
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, but many users may be unfamiliar with the expanded form and become confused.

Test Modes

End user.

Test Files

Test file.


xhtml1_wcag2_20050630_3.1_l3_sc3_006 (XML).


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

Primary Rules

The test case needs review before it can be established if it passes or fails the following success criterion: http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-WCAG20-20050630/#meaning-located. The code that causes doubt can be found at line 9, column 39.

Functional Outcome

The user can find the expanded forms of abbreviations and/or acronyms, but in this case, the expanded form may confuse the user because most people only know the abbreviated form.

Technical Comment

See 3.1_l3_sc3_015 for a variation on this test case.