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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.

  1. G65: Providing a breadcrumb trail

  2. G63: Providing a site map

  3. G128: Indicating current location within navigation bars

  4. G127: Identifying a Web page's relationship to a larger collection of Web pages using one of the following techniques:

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.

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 [begin add]share a common purpose and that are created by the same[end add] [begin delete]have a specific relationship to each other and that are created as a body of work by an[end delete] author, group or organization [2213]

Note: Different language versions would be considered different [begin add]sets of Web pages[end add] [begin delete]bodies of work[end delete].

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Example: A set of Web pages that make up a report, a test, an exercise, a catalog, or an application.

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