body element role semantics. (Deprecated)

Rule ID Role 2
Definition The body element must only document (default) or application role semantics. NOTE: Deprecated in favor of HTML 3 a more general rule on role restrictions based on ARIA in HTML specification.
  • The body element has role restrictions as part of its definition in the W3C HTML5 Specification.
  • The body element should only be used to indicate whether the page is primarily has document or application semantics.
  • The default (e.g. no role attribute) is document role semantics.
  • HTML4 Legacy Techniques (Recommended)
  • HTML5 and ARIA Techniques (Recommended)
WCAG Success Criteria

1.3.1 Info and Relationships (Level A, Primary Success Criterion)

Rule Category Styling/Content
Scope Element
Target Resources body element
  • If the web page is primarily composed of forms and widgets that benefit from using the role="application" on the body element.
  • If the web page is primarily composed of non interactive text and images do not use the role attribute on the body element.
Informational Links