Element Does Not Indicate Its Current State

Archived Issue

Current Iteration of Issue

Short Description

Active state is only indicated visually with no indication to screen reader software

Long Description

  • Active versus inactive states are indicated in elements such as tab, menu item, and radio button.
  • Active state might be indicated with highlighting, or underline, neither of which screen reader software typically indicates to a user.
  • A computer can understand programmatic information, whereas it cannot understand visual information such as a highlight. The current state of an element needs to be in the programmatic information.

Example of Issue

Example of play/stop control that does not indicate current state


  • ARIA is one way to indicate the current state of an element. However, incorrect use of ARIA can make content even less accessible, so make sure to use it properly.



Impacted Assistive Technology

Screen Reader

Impacted Type of Device