Understanding WCAG 2.0

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Understanding SC 2.4.8

2.4.8 Location: Information about the user's location within a set of Web pages is available. (Level AAA)

The intent of this Success Criterion is to provide a way for the user to orient herself within a set of Web pages, a Web site, or a Web application and find related information.

  • This Success Criterion is helpful for people with a short attention span who may become confused when following a long series of navigation steps to a Web page. It is also helpful when a user follows a link directly to a page deep within a set of Web pages and needs to navigate that Web site to understand the content of that page or to find more related information.

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Each numbered item in this section represents a technique or combination of techniques that the WCAG Working Group deems sufficient for meeting this Success Criterion. The techniques listed only satisfy the Success Criterion if all of the WCAG 2.0 conformance requirements have been met.

Although not required for conformance, the following additional techniques should be considered in order to make content more accessible. Not all techniques can be used or would be effective in all situations.

  • Providing a link to the home page or main page (future link)

  • Providing an easy-to-read version of information about the organization of a set of Web pages (future link)

  • Providing a sign language version of information about the organization of a set of Web pages (future link)

  • Providing an easy-to-read summary at the beginning of each section of content (future link)

The following are common mistakes that are considered failures of Success Criterion 2.4.8 by the WCAG Working Group.

(No failures currently documented)

Key Terms

set of Web pages

collection of Web pages that share a common purpose and that are created by the same author, group or organization

Note: Different language versions would be considered different sets of Web pages.