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 112 - All data table summaries contain text.

W3C Editor's Draft 2005-08-12

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 'assigned'.

WCAG2 Guideline

Guideline: 1.3 - Ensure that information, functionality, and structure can be separated from presentation.
Success Criteria: 1. Structures within the content can be programmatically determined . How to ensure that structures and relationships in content can be programmatically determined . (Informative) The concepts of "reliable" and "standard" need to be incorporated into the definition of "programmatically determined."

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

The following tests must be run before running this test. If any of the prerequisite tests fail then this test is invalid and should not be run.

Test Process


  1. Check all data tables in the content.
  2. Note: A data table is defined as (TODO: link to data table definition in techniques document when it's ready.)
  3. Check if each table element has a summary attribute which contains at least one printable character.

Expected Results

  1. All data table summaries contain text.

Fail Instructions

  1. Add text to the summary attribute of each data table element.

Pass Instructions

The following tests are related to this test and may be performed next. There is no requirement that these tests be performed:

  1. All data table summaries are greater than 10 printable characters.

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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