Document Reading Order

Overview

Blind users do not experience web-based content in the same way as sighted users. The screen reader programs used by blind users do not voice any of the layout and positioning specific markup. They voice the content based on the source order of the HTML. In other words, they effectively linearize the content.

In this test we want to find out:

  1. Does document reading order make sense?

Strengths

Thorough examination

Weakness

Manual checking

Step 1: Disable all page styling

Procedure

View > Style > No Style

Step 2: Verify Document Order

Procedure

Read the page from top to bottom and determine if the linear order of the document makes sense.

Rules Evaluated with this Technique

Rules evaluated with Keyboard Testing of Basic Links, Forms and Scripting
Test
Type
Description
Manual

When tables are used for layout, make sure the reading order makes sense when layout table markup is removed.

Manual

When CSS absolute positioning is used for layout, make sure the reading order makes sense when stylesheets are disabled.