Test Case sc2.4.8_l3_003: Image alt text describes purpose of link

Formal Metadata

Formal Metadata
TitleImage alt text describes purpose of link
DescriptionA document with a link containing an image. The alternative text of the image describes the purpose of the link.
CreatorBenToWeb (evlach@…)
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: a (namespace: http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml) .

Technical specification: The a element .

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

Technical specification: The img element .

Test Data


This test case is intended to pass because the image of the a element describes has an alt attribute that describes link's purpose.

Test Modes

Accessibility expert.

Test Files

Test file.


sc2.4.8_l3_003 (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 11, column 5) the following success criterion: http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-WCAG20-20060427/guidelines.html#navigation-mechanisms-link.

Functional Outcome

The text of the link helps people understand the link target.

Technical Comment

This test case maps to technique H30: Providing link text that describes the purpose of a link for anchor elements (http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-WCAG20-TECHS-20060427/Overview.html#H30).