Clickable Elements Provide Only Visual Effects

Archived Issue

Current Iteration of Issue

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