Definition When appropriate, a list container element (ul, ol, dl, [role="list"], [role="group"]) must include a label that describes the purpose or contents of the list.
Purpose
  • Assistive technologies use labels on ul, ol and dl elements, and elements with [role="list"] and [role="group"] attributes to help screen reader users understand the purpose or contents of lists.
Mappings
  • HTML4 Legacy Techniques (Recommended)
  • HTML5 and ARIA Techniques (Recommended)
WCAG 2.0 Success Criteria

2.4.6 Headings and Labels (Level AA, Primary Success Criterion)

Rule Category Styling/Content
Scope Element
Target Resources ul, ol and dl elements, container elements with [role="list"], [role="group"]
Techniques
  • Use the aria-labelledby attribute to add a label to a list container element to reference the id(s) of one or more elements on the page that describe its contents.
  • Use the aria-label attribute to add a label to a list container element to provide an explicit text description of its contents.
  • The title attribute can also be used to add a label to a list container element to provide an explicit text description of its contents.
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