Web Accessibility: assigning language in a Web page

Duration = 4:00 min Level = beginner/ expert Disability concerned = visual

Video tutorial n°5




It is essential to define the language of a document. This allows some assistive technologies, including voice synthesis, to adapt more easily to content.
In this example, John explains the inconvenience caused when changes in language are not indicated. Here, the mispronunciation of the sentence is only unpleasant to hear, but in many cases, poor coding can make a Web page incomprehensible.


Video tutorial


Spanish translation made by Lucas Bride Chinese translation made by Lianhui Zhou – English translation made by Ruth Woodrow



For more information about assigning language in html document:

  • WCAG 1.0 : directive 4
  • RGAA test points 4.1 and 4.3

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