Making Your HubSpot Website WCAG 2.1 Compliant

2.5.1 Pointer Gestures

MCS Accessibility Team

MCS Accessibility Team
Last Updated November 09, 2019

The following directions are part of a full step-by-step guide to making a HubSpot website WCAG 2.1 AA compliant. These recommendations are intended for websites managed on the HubSpot CMS but can be adapted for other content management systems. All suggestions in this guide are in conjunction with the accessiBe solution and require an active license. For more information on the accessiBe platform and pricing, you can learn more here.

Success Criteria

2.5.1 Pointer Gestures

  • Resolved
  • Partially Resolved
  • Manually Managed
  • N/A - Level AAA
Principle: Operable
User interface components and navigation must be operable.
Guideline: Input Modalities
Make it easier for users to operate functionality through various inputs beyond keyboard.

All functionality that uses multipoint or path-based gestures for operation can be operated with a single pointer without a path-based gesture, unless a multipoint or path-based gesture is essential.

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  • This criteria is not resolved with accessiBe or HubSpot and requires manual management.


2.5.1 Pointer Gestures suggests that all point-based gestures be simple. This includes click, tap, double click, click & hold, or long press. These are considered single pointer gestures. Pointer gestures that are non-compliant include two-finger pinch zoom, a split tap where one finger rests on the screen and a second finger taps, or a two- or three-finger tap or swipe. These are considered multipoint and path-based gestures and are not compliant. 

However, you can use multipoint or path-based gestures as long as there is a single pointer gesture option.

Examples and Tips 

Mapquest Example with Simple Gesture Navigation


Mapquest is a great example of this. You can use a multipoint gestures and path-based gestures to interact with the map. You can pinch-to-zoom and drag on this application. Mapquest also includes a menu that uses single-pointer navigation. The  act as Where you can use single clicks to perform those same actions.

Single pointer gestures should be used rather than complex ones when possible. If multipoint and path-based gestures are used, include a simple option as well!



Another example would be a slider. If a slider does not include simple gestures and only includes swipes the slider is not ADA compliant. Once again, if multipoint and path-based gestures are used, include a simple option as well!


How accessiBe Helps

Unfortunately accessiBe will not change functions on your designs. Complex gestures will have to be accompanied by simple ones to remain ADA Compliant. 

For more information, please visit the official W3C article: Understanding 2.5.1 Pointer Gestures

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