ARIA state or property has valid value

  • Rule Type:atomic
  • Rule Id: 6a7281
  • Last modified: Jul 07, 2020
  • Accessibility Requirements Mapping:
    • ARIA 1.1, 6.3 Values for States and Properties
  • Input Aspects:

Description

This rule checks that each ARIA state or property has a valid value.

Applicability

Any WAI-ARIA 1.1 state or property that is not empty (""), and that is specified on an HTML or SVG element.

Expectation

Each test target has a valid value according to its WAI-ARIA 1.1 value type.

For value types ID Reference and ID Reference List for WAI-ARIA required properties at least one of the elements with the given ids exists in the same document tree or shadow tree as the element that specifies the target attribute.

For value type URI the value matches the generic URI syntax.

Note: Only for WAI-ARIA required properties with value types ID Reference and ID Reference List is there a requirement that the elements with the given ids actually exists. For non-required properties, this is not a requirement.

Note: For value type URI, this rule does not require that the destination URI exists.

Assumptions

This rule catches values that are undefined in WAI-ARIA Specifications, and where the resulting behavior in user agents are also undefined in WAI-ARIA. This might lead to accessibility issues, if the intention was to use behavior defined in WAI-ARIA Specifications. When values are used that do not have a defined behavior in WAI-ARIA Specifications, the HTML/SVG specification decides what default values should be used, since it is defined here what should happen when an invalid value is used for an attribute. If the default value for invalid attribute values happens to match the author's intention for the value, there will not be an accessibility issue.

Accessibility Support

Some user agents treat the value of aria-* attribute as case-sensitive (even when these are not ID) while some treat them as case-insensitive.

Background

Test Cases

Passed

Passed Example 1

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aria-required property with valid true/false value

<div role="textbox" aria-required="true" aria-label="A required textbox"></div>

Passed Example 2

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aria-expanded state with valid true/false/undefined value

<div role="button" aria-expanded="undefined">A button</div>

Passed Example 3

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aria-pressed state with valid tristate value

<div role="button" aria-pressed="mixed">An other button</div>

Passed Example 4

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aria-errormessage property with valid ID reference value

<div role="textbox" aria-errormessage="my-error" aria-label="A textbox"></div>

Passed Example 5

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aria-owns property with valid ID reference list value

<h1>Shopping list</h1>
<div role="list" aria-owns="item1 item2"></div>
<div id="item1">Apples</div>
<div id="item2">Bananas</div>

Passed Example 6

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aria-rowindex property with valid integer value

<div role="gridcell" aria-rowindex="2">Fred</div>

Passed Example 7

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aria-valuemin, aria-valuemax and aria-valuenow properties with valid number values

<div role="spinbutton" aria-valuemin="1.0" aria-valuemax="2.0" aria-valuenow="1.5" aria-label="Select a value"></div>

Passed Example 8

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aria-placeholder property with valid string value

<div role="textbox" aria-placeholder="MM-DD-YYYY" aria-label="Your birthdate">
	MM-DD-YYYY
</div>

Passed Example 9

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aria-dropeffect property with valid token list value

<div role="dialog" aria-dropeffect="copy move"></div>

Passed Example 10

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aria-controls, which is a required property for the role scrollbar, has ID Reference list that references at least one element existing in the same document tree.

<div id="content1">Lorem ipsum...</div>
<div
	role="scrollbar"
	aria-controls="content1 content2"
	aria-orientation="vertical"
	aria-valuemax="100"
	aria-valuemin="0"
	aria-valuenow="25"
></div>

Failed

Failed Example 1

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aria-required property with invalid true/false value

<div role="textbox" aria-required="undefined" aria-label="A required textbox"></div>

Failed Example 2

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aria-expanded state with invalid true/false/undefined value

<div role="button" aria-expanded="mixed">A button</div>

Failed Example 3

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aria-pressed state with invalid tristate value

<div role="button" aria-pressed="horizontal">An other button</div>

Failed Example 4

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aria-errormessage property with invalid ID reference value, since space is not allowed in a single ID

<div role="textbox" aria-errormessage="error1 error2" aria-label="A textbox with an error"></div>

Failed Example 5

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aria-rowindex property with invalid integer value

<div role="gridcell" aria-rowindex="2.5">Fred</div>

Failed Example 6

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aria-valuemin, aria-valuemax and aria-valuenow property with invalid number values

<div role="spinbutton" aria-valuemin="one" aria-valuemax="three" aria-valuenow="two" aria-label="Choose a value"></div>

Failed Example 7

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aria-live property with invalid token value

<div role="main" aria-live="nope"></div>

Failed Example 8

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Element with invalid token list value

<div role="dialog" aria-dropeffect="invalid move"></div>

Failed Example 9

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aria-expanded state with invalid true/false/undefined value for custom element

<my-button role="button" aria-expanded="collapsed">My button</my-button>

Failed Example 10

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aria-controls, which is a required property for the role scrollbar, references an element that does not exist in the same document tree.

<div
	role="scrollbar"
	aria-controls="content1"
	aria-orientation="vertical"
	aria-valuemax="100"
	aria-valuemin="0"
	aria-valuenow="25"
></div>

Inapplicable

Inapplicable Example 1

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Element does not have any ARIA states or properties

<div>Some Content</div>

Inapplicable Example 2

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Element has ARIA role, but no ARIA states or properties

<div role="button">Some Content</div>

Inapplicable Example 3

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aria-checked state with empty value

Note: The HTML validator flags an aria-checked attribute with an empty value as an issue. However WAI-ARIA 1.1 indicates aria-checked has a default value of undefined.

<div role="checkbox" aria-checked>Accept terms and conditions</div>

Inapplicable Example 4

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aria-hidden state on an element that is not an HTML or SVG element

<math aria-hidden="true"></math>

Glossary

Outcome

An outcome is a conclusion that comes from evaluating an ACT Rule on a test subject or one of its constituent test target. An outcome can be one of the three following types:

  • Inapplicable: No part of the test subject matches the applicability
  • Passed: A test target meets all expectations
  • Failed: A test target does not meet all expectations

Note: A rule has one passed or failed outcome for every test target. When there are no test targets the rule has one inapplicable outcome. This means that each test subject will have one or more outcomes.

Note: Implementations using the EARL10-Schema can express the outcome with the outcome property. In addition to passed, failed and inapplicable, EARL 1.0 also defined an incomplete outcome. While this cannot be the outcome of an ACT Rule when applied in its entirety, it often happens that rules are only partially evaluated. For example, when applicability was automated, but the expectations have to be evaluated manually. Such "interim" results can be expressed with the incomplete outcome.


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