Running Headers and Footers (Test status: Experimental) [WCAG.PDF.14]

Test Basis (WCAG 2.0)

This test is based on the WCAG 2.0 Technique PDF14: Providing running headers and footers in PDF documents

Technique URL (WCAG 2.0)

Why this maybe a Barrier

Running headers and footers help make content easier to use and understandable by providing repeated information in a consistent and predictable way.

The content of headers and footers will vary widely depending on the document scope and content, the audience, and design decisions. Whether the information appears in a header or a footer is often a design decision; page numbers often appear in footers but they may alternatively appear in headers.

Consistency helps users with cognitive limitations, screen-reader users and low-vision magnifier users, and users with intellectual disabilities understand content more readily.

WCAG 2.0 Reference

2.4.8 Location: “Information about the user’s location within a set of web pages is available. (Level AAA)”

WCAG 2.0 Success Criterion 2.4.8

3.2.3 Consistent Navigation: “Navigational mechanisms that are repeated on multiple Web pages within a set of Web pages occur in the same relative order each time they are repeated, unless a change is initiated by the user. (Level AA)”

WCAG 2.0 Success Criterion 3.2.3