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Section 508 ICT Testing Baseline

19. Frames and iFrames

Accessibility Requirements

  • WCAG SC 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value – For all user interface components (including but not limited to: form elements, links and components generated by scripts), the name and role can be programmatically determined; states, properties, and values that can be set by the user can be programmatically set; and notification of changes to these items is available to user agents, including assistive technologies.

Test Method Rationale

While users with vision can recognize the structure presented by frames and iframes, users without vision rely on programmatic elements to determine their content. This test method determines the adequacy of the code to describe the contents of any <frame> or <iframe> for Assistive Technology.

Limitations, Assumptions, or Exceptions

  • In HTML5 the <frame> element is marked as obsolete. The <iframe> element remains part of the HTML5 specification. While the <frame> element has been deprecated in HTML5, testers may still encounter web pages and/or web applications with code that, while outdated, can and should still be accessible.
  • The combination of accessible name and accessible description of an <iframe> is its text alternative.

19.1 Test Procedure for Frames

Baseline Test ID: 19.1-FrameTitle

Identify Content


Test Instructions
  1. Check if each <frame> has a title attribute that describes its content. [SC 4.1.2]
Test Results

If any of the above checks fail, then Baseline Test 19.1-FrameTitle fails.

19.2 Test Procedure for iFrames

Baseline Test ID: 19.2-iFrameName

Identify Content


Test Instructions
  1. Check that the combination of the accessible name and accessible description is not empty. [SC 4.1.2]
  2. Check that the non-empty combination of accessible name and description for each <iframe> describes its content. [SC 4.1.2]
Test Results

If any of the above checks fail, then Baseline Test 19.2-iFrameName fails.

Advisory: Tips for streamlined test processes

WCAG 2.0 Techniques

The following techniques and/or common failures were considered when developing this test procedure for this baseline requirement:

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Related Projects

The Baseline Alignment for Web is being developed to aid in determining if a test process aligns with the ICT Baseline for Web.