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Empty Links or Buttons in RadEditor Toolbar - WAVE Accessibility Scan Issue


When performing an automated accessibility scan (e.g., with a tool like WAVE), the RadEditor toolbars may get reported as empty links, anchors or buttons because they do not contain text.

RadEditor is, first and foremost, a visual text editor, and thus its buttons are icons rather than text. Adding text inside the buttons will break the layout of the controls. Therefore, a title attribute is provided with the tool name and default shortcut (if present) to improve accessibility. You can change the titles by localizing RadEditor.


To improve automated accessibility validation ratings, you can try the following:

You can also use a simple script to add content to the buttons/links that you can hide with CSS to prevent it from breaking the toolbar's appearance:

<telerik:RadEditor ID="RadEditor1" runat="server" RenderMode="Lightweight" OnClientLoad="OnClientLoad" CssClass="withButtonText"></telerik:RadEditor>
    function OnClientLoad(sender, args) {
        $telerik.$("a.reTool", sender.get_element()).each(function (index, elem) {
            elem.innerHTML = elem.title;

/*move text out of view*/
.RadEditor.withButtonText a.reTool
    text-indent: -9999px;
    /*keep the font icons in place*/
    .RadEditor.withButtonText a.reTool:before
        text-indent: 0;

You can further tweak the script and style rules above to fit your needs (e.g., skip certain tools, change the text, etc.)

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