User Agent Support Notes for Common Failures

This page documents user agent support notes for Common Failures.

F4: Failure of Success Criterion 2.2.2 due to using text-decoration:blink without a mechanism to stop it in less than five seconds

The blink value of the text-decoration property is not supported by Internet Explorer. It is supported in Netscape/Mozilla family browsers. Not tested in others (e.g., Safari, Opera).

F37: Failure of Success Criterion 3.2.2 due to launching a new window without prior warning when the status of a radio button, check box or select list is changed

Internet Explorer 6 also triggers the onclick event when a radio button with onclick receives focus; adding other event handlers (onxxx attributes) to prevent this does not work.

F47: Failure of Success Criterion 2.2.2 due to using the blink element

The blink element is not supported by Internet Explorer 6 on Windows. It is supported in Netscape/Mozilla family of user agents and Opera on Windows.

F49: Failure of Success Criterion 1.3.2 due to using an HTML layout table that does not make sense when linearized

Early screen readers literally read Web content from the screen, which lead to problems when tables were used for layout where one table cell was meant to be read in its entirety before reading the next table cell. Today's screen readers work with the underlying markup, which means that they do read a table cell in its entirety before moving on to the next cell, but layout tables may still inadvertently introduce problems with the natural reading order of the content.

F58: Failure of Success Criterion 2.2.1 due to using server-side techniques to automatically redirect pages after a time-out

The Refresh header is not defined in HTTP/1.1 or HTTP/1.0, but it is widely supported by browsers (tested in Firefox 1.0 and IE 6 on Windows).

F87: Failure of Success Criterion 1.3.1 due to inserting non-decorative content by using :before and :after pseudo-elements and the 'content' property in CSS

:before and :after are not supported by IE7 and lower

F91: Failure of Success Criterion 1.3.1 for not correctly marking up table headers

Screen reader support for navigating data tables with and without correct header mark-up varies.