[Athen] webpage coding question

Teresa Haven Teresa.Haven at nau.edu
Tue May 12 10:18:07 PDT 2015

I've had a strange situation arise with a new web app that my institution is attempting to develop. We are still in the beta stage so the site isn't public, but we've noticed that even though the developer has included appropriate H tags for structure, they aren't all being perceived by either AT or various A11y checking tools. When I have JAWS present me with a list of headers on the page, I get one lonely H5 tag. When I have WAVE check the outline, I am told I have one H1, a small handful of H3s, and one H4. In the code for the page from the user agent perspective we can see one H1, a couple of H2s, a LOT of H3s, and a couple each of H4 and H5 - which is what the developer used in the design. We are using JAWS 14 and 15 for testing, IE11 with JAWS, and Firefox 36 with WAVE. The app is not using HTML5, although it is using some Angular. Does anyone have any ideas for why our AT and tools aren't perceiving the H tags that we are seeing in the code?

Thanks for any troubleshooting suggestions you might have,

Teresa Haven, Ph.D.
Accessibility Analyst, Northern Arizona University

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