1.3.2 Meaningful Sequence (Level A)

Structure your website so that your content is presented in a logical order.

What you need to know

  • Your website should present content in an order that makes sense to screen reader users.
  • The best way to present content is in the order that most people would naturally read it–from top to bottom and left to right. For example:
  1. Header
  2. Main Content
  3. Sidebar
  4. Footer

What you need to do

  • Structure your website’s content so that it reads in a logical order.
  • Test your website with a screen reader (or without CSS enabled) to make sure its reading order is presented correctly.


Read the full explanation of success criterion 1.3.2 on

Related Resource

Check out “Ordering the content in a meaningful sequence” from W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative for more information about this success criterion.