ASCII art possibly missing a skipover link


Under the Accessibility Final Checks I receive the Likely Problem: ASCII art possibly missing a skipover link.


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Likely problems need to be reviewed by a user to determine if it's actually a problem or not.

Omni CMS Final Checks look over all the code on a page and detect accessibility issues that do not meet WCAG 2.0 (Level AA) standards. It has detected that the page contains a preformatted block on your page. Preformatted text preserves line breaks and spaces, this can sometimes be used for ASCII art, where text characters are used to create designs. Users browsing with the aid of assistive technology such as a screen reader may not understand what the preformatted text characters are representing when they are read out in sequence. To meet accessibility requirements ASCII art must have a skip content link, otherwise the screen reader software will read every character in the box before being able to continue on.


Check the preformatted content identified in the source code section of the final check error. If that preformatted text contains ASCII art you will need to add an anchor after it, and a link to the anchor before it.  If your page does not have any ASCII art and is using preformatted text for something else, you can skip these steps.

  1. Check out the page if it is not already.
  2. Click the  Edit tab.
  3. Click the  Edit Button on the content area where the preformatted text is located.
  4. After the ASCII art insert an anchor using the WYSIWYG toolbar, a name link "skip-art" or similar is appropriate.
  5. Before the ASCII art add a link, we recommend the text “Skip Art” or something similar.
  6. In the HREF of the new link, add # and the name from your anchor, (ex. #skip-art).
  7. Save the page.
  8. Click the Publish button to run the accessibility final check again. When the issue has been resolved it will no longer display in the accessibility check.


Article ID: 3745
Mon 2/22/21 1:32 PM
Tue 6/15/21 8:08 AM