Test Case xhtml1_wcag2_20050630_3.1_l3_sc3_007: Acronym with obscure expansion omitted

Formal Metadata

Formal Metadata
TitleAcronym with obscure expansion omitted
DescriptionA short text with an acronym; the acronym is marked up with the acronym element, but the expansion is not provided. The expansion — as opposed to the acronym itself — is not well known.
CreatorBenToWeb (Christophe.Strobbe@…)
RightsCopyright BenToWeb 2004-2007

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 ambiguous: strictly speaking, it fails the success criterion because the expansion is not provided. However, the expansion is not well known and would probably not be helpful possibly even confusing.

Test Modes

End user.

Test Files

Test file.


xhtml1_wcag2_20050630_3.1_l3_sc3_007 (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 30.

Functional Outcome

The user cannot find the expanded forms of abbreviatons and/or acronyms, but in this case, this may be OK because the expanded form may confuse the user.