“Identify the primary natural language of the document.” – OK ITAS 4.3(r)

Why it matters

It’s important that assistive technology be able to determine the language of content. It’s important to give users an easy means of determining whether they will be able to understand the document’s contents from a lingual perspective; language settings also help ensure that content is properly voiced.

EXAMPLE: Electronic documents may or may not include up-front information identifying  the primary language of the contents, but such cues are key to helping assistive technology users locate content they can understand.
RESOLUTION: The document includes features making it easy for assistive technology to identify the document’s primary language.

This checkpoint prompts the user to verify the document’s language setting, or to pass or fail the language setting as found. The user will be prompted for a Pass or Fail judgment based on the language setting (if any) for the document.

This checkpoint will be automatically assigned a status of Failed if the document’s language is not specified.

What happens when I verify this Checkpoint?

CommonLook PDF prompts you to verify the current language setting.

The (r) Identify Language checkpoint.

When to Pass or Fail this Checkpoint?

PassIf the document’s language setting matches the document’s primary language.
FailIf the document’s language setting does not match the document’s primary language, or no language is selected.
RemediationSet the language value to match the document’s primary language.


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