This is a draft document supplied by the WCAG Techniques Task Force. It in no way represents a WCAG Working Group consensus or agreement and is provided for informational and discussion purposes only. The accessibility test listed below should not be construed as required for conformance with the proposed WCAG2.

HTML Test Suite for WCAG 2.0
Test 66 - area link to sound file must have text transcript.

W3C Editor's Draft 2005-08-11

Chris Ridpath, ATRC, University Of Toronto
Jenae Andershonis, Microsoft Inc.


This test case was created by the ATRC at the University Of Toronto. It should not be construed as required for conformance with the proposed WCAG2.

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Status Of This Test

As part of the conformance test process, this test has a status of 'pending'.

WCAG2 Guideline

Guideline: 1.1 - Provide text alternatives for all non-text content.
Success Criteria: 1. For all non-text content that is used to convey information, text alternatives identify the non-text content and convey the same information. For multimedia , provide a text-alternative that identifies the multimedia. Refer to guideline 1.2 for requirements for synchronized alternatives for multimedia. How to provide text alternatives for content that conveys information . (Informative)

Level 1

The WCAG2 has 3 priority levels for making Web content accessible. This test has a priority of 'Level 1'.


The WCAG Working Group has created techniques that describe how Web content may be made accessible. The following techniques are related to this test:

Prerequisite Tests

There are no prerequisite tests for this test.

Test Process


  1. Check the alt attribute value of each area element.
  2. Check if the alt attribute value ends with a sound file suffix.
  3. Following is a sample list of sound file suffixes. This is not an exhaustive list and the author should test the actual file to determine if it is a sound file: .wav, .snd, .mp3, .iff, .svx, .sam, .smp, .vce, .vox, .pcm, and .aif.
  4. If the alt attribute value ends with a sound file suffix then check the content for a link to a sound file transcript.

Expected Results

  1. If the area's alt attribute links to a sound file then the content is expected to contain a link to a text transcript for the sound file.

Fail Instructions

  1. Create a text transcript of the sound file and add a link to it.

Pass Instructions

Any accessibility check may be performed after this test.

Test Files

These test files contain examples of the accessibility problem detectable by this test. They may also contain more accessibility problems than the one described in this test. Please ignore any extraneous accessibility problems in these files.

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