Language - Easy Checks

How is Language identified?

Web pages should identify the primary language of the page.

The following images show an examples of webpages in English, Japanese and German.

Example of Japanese webpage with JP declared Example of German webpage with DE declared

Why is Language being identified important?

The language of a page needs to be declared so that screen readers and other technologies that convert text into synthetic speech know how to correctly pronounce text.

Checking Language

This is just for practice. Also, you can see what the check will look like on an accessible page.

Click on the button below:

Check language on this page

Checking other pages

To check other pages you need to add the check link as a bookmark.

  1. Make sure your browser bookmarks bar is open. Ctrl/CMD+Shift+B will usually toggle the bar
  2. Drag this link to your browser bookmarks bar: Check page language
  3. Visit the page you want to check
  4. Click on the ‘Check page language’ link in your bookmarks
  1. Make sure your browser bookmarks/favorites bar is open. Ctrl/CMD+Shift+B will usually toggle the bar
  2. Create a bookmark to this page using Ctrl/CMD+D
  3. Edit your bookmarks - this varies depending on browser and operating system. There is usually a menu option to manage your bookmarks
  4. Edit the newly added bookmark to this page
  5. Paste the script copied into the URL or Link field

What to look for

Note that this check does not identify language changes within a page.

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