Image map has no accessible name Accessibility Checkpoint


area elements must have an accessible name.


Blind users can’t see pictures, so each area should have an alt attribute which is voiced by screen readers as the link label. Do not use alt text containing only spaces since that’s voiced as an unlabeled link.

Applicable standards

Note: Section 508 Refresh (2017) checkpoints are equivalent to WCAG 2.0 level A and level AA checkpoints.

Change history

  • 5.36 Jan 2020 Changed rule ID from AccWcag1-1.1.2 to AccHtmlAreaNoAlt.
  • 5.35 Oct 2019 The onkeypress event is now deprecated.
  • 5.5 May 2014 Updated to April 2014 version of Techniques for WCAG 2.0.
  • 5.3 Sep 2013 Updated to Sept 2013 version of Techniques for WCAG 2.0.
  • 3.0 Dec 2008 Now triggers WCAG2 issue.
  • 2.0 Dec 2007 Now triggers Section 508 issue.
  • 1.0 Feb 2007 Added.

This page describes a web site issue detected in HTML documents by SortSite Desktop and OnDemand Suite.

Rule ID: AccHtmlAreaNoAlt