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DQM Checkpoints and Standards

Checkpoints - Use linked style sheets to control layout and presentation

Why is this important?

CSS benefits accessibility primarily by separating document structure from presentation. Style sheets were designed to allow precise control - outside of markup - of character spacing, text alignment, object position on the page, font characteristics, etc. By separating style from markup, authors can simplify and clean up the markup in their content, making it more accessible at the same time.

How can I resolve this issue?

Use a css stylesheet on your page

What topics do this checkpoint affect?

  • Accessibility (WCAG 2 Level A, 1.3.1)

Can you explain how this checkpoint works?

The checkpoint examines the entire HTML source code of a page and reports if a CSS style sheet is not being referenced on the page

References

Understanding Success Criterion 1.3.1: Info and Relationships

C22: Using CSS to control visual presentation of text

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