Heading only punctuation Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: October 16, 2016

Expected Result: causes problems in some screen readers

Actual Result: causes problems in 27 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:


        <h1>,,,,</h1>
        <p>Heading with only silent punctuation content</p>
    

Change History

Last updated: October 16, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
Fail NVDA 2016.2FF48HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1
Fail NVDA 2016.2IE11HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1
Fail NVDA 2015.2FF41HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1
Fail NVDA 2014.1FF29HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1
Fail NVDA 2014.1IE11HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1
Fail NVDA 2012.1FF29HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1
Fail NVDA 2012.1IE11HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619IE11HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350FF41HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350IE11HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023FF29HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023IE11HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF29HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF29HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1
Fail WindowEyes 9.2IE11HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading 1
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11HeadingEmpty heading ignored
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1, comma
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 9.0.1HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1, comma
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1, comma
Fail VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Comma, heading level 1
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Comma, heading level 1
Fail VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1HeadingUnlabelled heading announced Heading level 1, comma
Fail Dolphin SR 15.05IE11HeadingNext heading key stops on silent heading
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11HeadingReads following paragraph as heading Heading with only silent punctuation content, heading level 1

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Test notes

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: