Re: WCAG 2.2 status - Icon Description

attached two images where internally we don't think a description is needed, also the icons may have another meaning while visually the same (as it can also be a choice of the user which one to use).

These icons are all part of a label (inside interactive element)


From: Alastair Campbell <>
Sent: Monday, January 13, 2020 11:43 AM
To: Hall, Charles (DET-MRM) <>
Cc: WCAG list <>
Subject: Re: WCAG 2.2 status - Icon Description

Hi Charles,

Discussion here is fine ☺

> I would prefer a more strict SC.

> “on or before the first occurrence of an icon on the page” can still be a challenge or barrier for people (including those interpreting the SC without specific examples).

I didn’t quite understand what you were suggesting should change, did you mean that it should always be available with the icon, rather than before it?

A scenario we were considering was that icons can be used as categorisation and used repeatedly in table rows/columns, for example:

[alt = a table of cases in a bug tracker, the first column shows an icon for ‘bug’ (spider), ‘idea’ (light bulb), and email (envelope).]

In scenarios like data-visualisations or maps, it seemed reasonable to allow for a legend approach rather than require something on every instance.

It would also help keep it cross-technology, as things like ePub/PDF wouldn’t (reasonably) be able to have a page-level toggle.

> This also assumes the “page” is the user’s context.

Yep, this is for WCAG 2.x, so the page is the unit of conformance.



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Received on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 07:37:33 UTC