Definition lists with images as bullets Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: causes problems in some screen readers

Actual Result: causes problems in 24 screen reader / browser combinations

For expected failures, the results show which AT combos the failures affect. Results are recorded from the user's viewpoint, so describe the user impact of authoring errors.

Code used for this test:


        <dl>
           <dd><img src='img16x16.png' alt='* '>Audrey</dd>
           <dd><img src='img16x16.png' alt='* '>Laurie</dd>
           <dd><img src='img16x16.png' alt='* '>Alice</dd>
        </dl>
    

Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
Fail NVDA 2016.2FF48 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak List with three items, graphic star, Audrey. Graphic star, Laurie. Graphic star, Alice.
Fail NVDA 2016.2IE11 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak List with three items, graphic star, Audrey. Graphic star, Laurie. Graphic star, Alice.
Fail NVDA 2015.2FF41 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak List with three items, graphic star, Audrey. Graphic star, Laurie. Graphic star, Alice.
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak List with three items, graphic star, Audrey. Graphic star, Laurie. Graphic star, Alice.
OK NVDA 2014.1FF29 Reading Speak List with three items. Audrey. Laurie. Alice.
Fail NVDA 2014.1IE11 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak List with three items, graphic star, Audrey. Graphic star, Laurie. Graphic star, Alice.
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak Graphic star. Audrey. Graphic star. Laurie. Graphic star. Alice.
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak Graphic star. Audrey. Graphic star. Laurie. Graphic star. Alice.
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350FF41 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak Graphic star. Audrey. Graphic star. Laurie. Graphic star. Alice.
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak Graphic star. Audrey. Graphic star. Laurie. Graphic star. Alice.
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak Graphic star. Audrey. Graphic star. Laurie. Graphic star. Alice.
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak Graphic star. Audrey. Graphic star. Laurie. Graphic star. Alice.
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak Graphic star. Audrey. Graphic star. Laurie. Graphic star. Alice.
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak Graphic star. Audrey. Graphic star. Laurie. Graphic star. Alice.
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF29 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak Graphic star. Audrey. Graphic star. Laurie. Graphic star. Alice.
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak Graphic star. Audrey. Graphic star. Laurie. Graphic star. Alice.
Fail WindowEyes 9.2IE11 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak D list with 3 items, star. Audrey. D star. Laurie. D star. Alice.
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak Star. Audrey. Star. Laurie. Star. Alice.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak Description list 3 items. Star, image. Audrey. Star, image. Laurie. Star, image. Alice.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 9.0.1 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak Star, image. Audrey. Star, image. Laurie. Star, image. Alice.
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 Reading Speak Audrey. Laurie. Alice.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1TouchImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak Star, image, Audrey, star, image, Laurie, star, image, Alice.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4TouchImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak Star, image, Audrey, star, image, Laurie, star, image, Alice.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1TouchImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak Star. Audrey. Star. Laurie. Star. Alice.
Fail Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak Normal star. Audrey. Star. Laurie. Star. Alice
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 ReadingImage bullets cause extra noise which makes list harder to understand. Speak Star Audrey, Star Laurie, Star Alice

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Test notes

The threshold for inclusion in these results is 5% usage in the most recent WebAIM screen reader survey. Chrome and Android still fall below the 5% threshold.

All tests were carried out with screen reader factory settings. JAWS in particular has a wide variety of settings controlling exactly what gets spoken.

Screen readers allow users to interact in different modes, and can produce very different results in each mode. The modes used in these tests are:

In the «What the user hears» column: