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Rule n° 154 - Navigation icons are provided with an explicit legend.

Very few sites can afford to provide icon-based navigation exclusively. In most cases, even if the meaning of an icon seems obvious to you, it will not necessarily be obvious to your users. Be careful: double the image with text.

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  • Reduce the time it takes to learn to use the interface.
  • Facilitate your users’ understanding of the icons.
  • Reduce the risk of error.
  • Improve the accessibility of content for people with disabilities.


The target type of each icon-link when it is not accompanied by text content is specified by the alt attribute of the image and by the title attribute oraria-label attribute of the


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Check that each navigation or action icon without associated text content has:

  • A relevant alt attribute for the img element;
  • A title or aria-label attribute relevant to the a element, button or input element;

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