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

If this is a sufficient technique for a success criterion, failing this test procedure does not necessarily mean that the success criterion has not been satisfied in some other way, only that this technique has not been successfully implemented and can not be used to claim conformance.

Techniques are Informative

Techniques are informative—that means they are not required. The basis for determining conformance to WCAG 2.0 is the success criteria from the WCAG 2.0 standard—not the techniques. For important information about techniques, please see the Understanding Techniques for WCAG Success Criteria section of Understanding WCAG 2.0.