Test Case sc1.1.1_l1_056: Audio-only content with no text alternative or label

Formal Metadata

Formal Metadata
TitleAudio-only content with no text alternative or label
DescriptionDocument containing an object element that embeds an audio-only object. There is no descriptive label nor a (longer) description associated with the object. Note that this is not "multimedia" according to WCAG 2.0 because the object contains only audio that is not synchronized with something else.
CreatorBenToWeb (Christophe.Strobbe@…)
RightsCopyright BenToWeb 2005-2007
Statusaccepted QA

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

Technical specification: Generic inclusion: the OBJECT element .

Test Data


The test case is intended to fail because there is no text description of the audio-only content enclosed in the object. This test is only for descriptive text labels, not for synchronized alternatives (guidelines 1.2) or changes of context (success criterion 3.2.5).

Test Modes

Automatic evaluation.

Test Files

Test file.


sc1.1.1_l1_056 (XML).


“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 at line 10, column 3: http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-WCAG20-20060427/guidelines.html#text-equiv-all.

Functional Outcome

There is no descriptive text alternative for the audio.

Technical Comment

The object element does not contain any textual element.

This is a variation on sc1.1.1_l1_054, but here the object element has a closing tag instead of using empty element syntax.

On a computer with Windows XP, Windows Media Player 9 and Apple Quicktime 7.1.3, the following browser behaviour has been observed: Firefox 2.0 plays the sound but does not display a player, Opera 9.0 displays a Windows Media Player interface and plays the sound, Internet Explorer 6 (with Service Pack 2) display a Windows Media Player interface but plays the sound in a separate Windows Media Player window.