Space separated words Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: causes problems in some screen readers

Actual Result: causes problems in 28 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.

WCAG Failure: F32

Code used for this test:


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Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
Fail NVDA 2016.2FF48 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S a L E
Fail NVDA 2016.2IE11 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S a L E
Fail NVDA 2015.2FF41 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S a L E
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S a L E
Fail NVDA 2014.1FF29 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S a L E
Fail NVDA 2014.1IE11 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S a L E
Fail NVDA 2012.1FF29 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S a L E
Fail NVDA 2012.1IE11 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S a L E
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S A L E
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S A L E
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350FF41 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S A L E
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S A L E
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S A L E
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S A L E
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S A L E
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S A L E
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF29 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S A L E
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S A L E
Fail WindowEyes 9.2IE11 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S A L E
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S A L E
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S A L E
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 9.0.1 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S A L E
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S A L E
Fail VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1TouchSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S A L E
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4TouchSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S A L E
Fail VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1TouchSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S A L E
Fail Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S A L E
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 ReadingSpells out word a letter at a time. Speak S a L E

SortSite rules: AccWcag2-F32-1

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: