Techniques for WCAG 2.0

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H53: Using the body of the object element


Documents that load media with the object element.

This technique relates to:

User Agent and Assistive Technology Support Notes

This technique is not supported well by assistive technologies and cross-browser support is irregular.


The objective of this technique is to provide a text alternative for content rendered using the object element. The body of the object element can be used to provide a complete text alternative for the object or may contain additional non-text content with text alternatives.


Example 1: An object includes a long description that describes it

Example Code:

 <object classid="">
  <p>Here is some text that describes the object and its operation.</p>

Example 2: An object includes non-text content with a text alternative

Example Code:

<object classid="">
  <img src="staticlogo.gif" alt="Company Name" />

Example 3: The image object has content that provides a brief description of the function of the image

Example Code:

<object data="companylogo.gif" type="image/gif">
  <p>Company Name</p>


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  1. Check that the body of each object element contains a text alternative for the object.

Expected Results