Is having a sitemap required?


Is it a WCAG requirement for my website to have a sitemap?


Sitemaps are not required for a website to be WCAG 2.1 AA compliant. However, they are often recommended when considering Success Criteria 2.4.5: Multiple Ways. This criteria requires that there is more than one way to access any page within a site (excluding the steps and/or the result of steps in a process).

Sitemaps are typically recommended and used because they provide a standard way for users to access any page within a site, aside from content that is excluded from this rule. Another option that is commonly recommended and used is a site-wide search component.

Other techniques include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Adding additional links to all relevant pages
  • Providing a table of contents
  • Providing a list of links to all other pages
  • Linking to all pages via the home page

For step-by-step guidance in reviewing these and other WCAG requirements, check out the browser-based Manual Guided WCAG Audit Tool from Accessible Web.

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