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Section 9. Language

Accessibility Score Sheet Questions

9.1    Are language tags specified?

Rationale

Assistive technology detects the language of text and applies the correct speech processer based on that language. The default language is English, so as long as all content is written in English and does not contain fonts or characters that imply a different language, then most assistive technology will guess correctly even if the language is not tagged. However, if multiple languages are used then all content should be tagged appropriately to ensure a good reading experience.

Test Approach

1. Inspect the content and determine if any language but English is included. For web applications, use the language tool under Navigation to assess whether languages are tagged. Also view the HTML. If only English is used, there should be a lang=”en” at the top of the page. For client applications, use JAWS to read through sections that are in a different language and ensure JAWS switches languages.

Development Techniques

  • For web applications, include the English language tag at the top of every web page and the appropriate language tag wherever a different language is used.

Posted: Jan 07, 2016 12:41 PM
Last Updated: Jan 07, 2016 12:41 PM