A mechanism is available for identifying specific pronunciation of words where meaning of the words, in context, is ambiguous without knowing the pronunciation.

Testing & Remediation

How to test: Open you website up and begin reading the content. Are there any places where you’ve used a word that the meaning is hard to grasp without knowing the pronunciation? If so, have you provided the pronunciation inline? How to remediate: If the content on your site uses any word where the meaning is ambiguous without knowing the pronunciation, you must provide one of the following:
  • Provide the pronunciation (phonetic spelling) immediately following the word
  • Linking to the pronunciation
  • Providing a glossary that includes pronunciation information
  • Using the ruby element

Questions and Answers

How do I know if my websites structure is layed out correctly?

Your site should have the correct semantic elements (header, main, footer, article, etc) in the order that they are intended to be read. This means that sometimes this isn't the order that makes styling the page the easiest. You must also ensure that all your heading levels are hit in the order. This means that you should not skip from an h1 to an h4, and so on.

Does my site need to be usable if the CSS and javascript doesn’t load?

Not necessarily, but there are a few things that you need to make sure of:
  • The page should be using the proper semantic elements. This means things like header, nav, aside, etc.
  • All headings and page content should flow in a logical order. H1 > H2> etc.
  • Without styling, elements should still be in the order they are intended to be read or listened to.

Can I specify the language of specific parts of my page?

Yes, you can, and yes you should! The same way you specific the language of the document in the HTML tag with lang="en" you can specify the language of individual elements the same way! Consider your example:
<p>The french word <span lang="fr">bonjour</span> means hello in english.</p>

How long does the accessibliity process take?

This question depends on a number of factors including size of site, desired level of conformance, your developer's understanding of accessibility techniques, etc. Accessible Web is here to help. Reach out and we can discuss your site specifically.