5 · Removal of Styles

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Cascading Style Sheets can be used to provide layout for many aspects within a set of web pages, without the use of tables or frames. They allow web page designers to set out the presentation for a web site separately from the content. It makes it much easier to control the main items on web pages such as navigational elements. If the structure is well done it can help accessibility by allowing the user to change colours, fonts and read the site in a linear manner. It is important to check how a site looks with and without style sheets.


This test has 4 possible outcomes.

0% Page is unusable without styles.
33% Content accessible but the structure of the page has been lost. Icons and buttons are difficult to distinguish or access. 
67% Content and navigation accessible but content may be out of order
100% Fully accessible with correct document structure.


The results of this test are taken into account when calculating accessibility scores for the following disabilities.


The following technique may come in handy when running this test.


This test aims to provide coverage of the following sections of best practice.

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WCAG 2.0 1.3 Create content that can be presented in different ways… More Info
WCAG 2.0 3.2 Make Web pages appear and operate in predictable ways. More Info