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Rule n° 144 - The language of downloadable files is mentioned when it differs from the original page.

It is impossible for a web user to consult a file before having uploaded it. Consequently, it is essential to provide them with as much information as possible before downloading. Language is of course one of the important pieces of information.

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  • Avoid pointless downloads for users.
  • Inform users about the files they’re going to download.
  • Improve the accessibility of content for people with disabilities.


Indicate the language of the document content:

  • Either in the link wording;
  • Or by the title attribute of the link.

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For each download link leading to a document written in a different language, check that the language of the file to download can be known:

  • By information given in the wording of the link;
  • By the title attribute of the link containing and completing the caption of this link;
  • By information given in the context of the link: paragraph or li listing element where it is included, title of the preceding section, header cell of the table associated with the relevant table;
  • Or by generic information on a help page.

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