4.1.3 Status Messages Level AA

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In content implemented using markup languages, status messages can be programmatically determined through role or properties such that they can be presented to the user by assistive technologies without receiving focus.

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Questions & Answers

Should all status updates be an alert?

My site shows the text "Please wait" after the user clicks a button, but it's not very important and disappears quickly. Does it still need to be announced by assistive technology?

  • Assertive alert
  • polite alert
  • status messages

How do I make a word counter accessible?

My form has a comment field with a word count limit, and I want to provide a live counter so the user knows how close they are to the limit. How do I make the counter accessible?

  • forms
  • status message