Clickable Elements Provide Only Visual Effects

Short Description

Screen reader user clicks on an element but cannot tell if anything happens, because it is purely visual

Long Description

  • If the role for a clickable element is not defined, a screen reader can often tell the user that the element is clickable, but cannot tell the user what it does.
  • If the purpose of the element is entirely visual and does not contain information, such as to move an animation or enlarge a graphic, the screen reader will probably not be able to tell a user what is happening.
    • If a user clicks on a clickable element, but cannot detect any change, the user does not know if they have missed content.

Example of Issue


  • WAI-ARIA roles tell the screen reader what a clickable element does and how to treat it.



Impacted Assistive Technology

Screen Reader

Impacted Type of Device