Designers

1.3.4 Orientation

Content should display in the orientation that works best for the user.

What you need to know

  • People with low vision will be able to view content in the orientation that works best for them.
  • Flexibility of orientation is especially important for people who have their phone or laptop mounted in a fixed orientation, for example on the arm of a scooter.

What you need to do

  • Unless absolutely necessary, make sure that your website or app and its content can display well in both portrait (vertical) and landscape (horizontal) mode on phones, tablets, etc.
  • Style your website so that it does not lock on or require a single display mode.
  • Don’t restrict content to view on a single display orientation (i.e., portrait or landscape) unless necessary.

Reference

Read the full explanation of success criterion 1.3.4 on W3.org.

Related Resource

Check out “Orientation” from DAISY’s Accessible Publishing Database for more information about this success criterion.