Techniques for WCAG 2.0

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C19: Specifying alignment either to the left OR right in CSS

Important Information about Techniques

See Understanding Techniques for WCAG Success Criteria for important information about the usage of these informative techniques and how they relate to the normative WCAG 2.0 success criteria. The Applicability section explains the scope of the technique, and the presence of techniques for a specific technology does not imply that the technology can be used in all situations to create content that meets WCAG 2.0.


All technologies that support CSS

This technique relates to:


This technique describes how to align blocks of text either left or right by setting the CSS text-align property.


Example 1

In the following example, text is aligned left. In the style sheet, define the class:

Example Code:

p.left {text-align: left}

In the content call the up the class.

Example Code:

<p class="left"> Lorem ipsum dolor sit …</p>

Example 2

In the following example, text is aligned right.

Example Code:

p.right {text-align: right}

In the content call the up the class.

Example Code:

<p class="right"> Lorem ipsum dolor sit …</p>



  1. Check that the text is aligned either left or right.

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.