fieldset without legend Accessibility Checkpoint


All fieldset elements should be labeled with legend elements.


The first child element inside a fieldset must be a legend element, which provides a label or description for the group. legend elements in other positions may be ignored.

Applicable standards

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

Change history

  • 6.48 Mar 2023 Content and position of legend now handled by AccHtmlFieldsetInvalidLegend.
  • 6.45 Jul 2022 Fixed false positive.
  • 5.38 Jul 2020 Changed rule ID from AccWcag1-12.3.4 to AccHtmlFieldsetNoLegend.
  • 5.3 Sep 2013 Fixed false negative.
  • 5.0 Oct 2012 Now maps to WCAG2 H71 and requires that LEGEND is first element.
  • 3.5 Dec 2009 Corrected priority.
  • 1.0 Feb 2007 Added.

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

Rule ID: AccHtmlFieldsetNoLegend