A "click here" link with aria-describedby attribute Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: October 16, 2016

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 11 screen reader / browser combinations

Tests if the user hears extra text describing the "Click Here" link when tabbing between links. Without extra text the user hears a sequence like "Click Here. Click Here. Click Here" when tabbing. In reading mode the text surrounding the link helps explain what the link does.

WCAG Technique: ARIA1

Code used for this test:


        <a href='4567.html' aria-describedby='a-aria-describedby-clickhere'>Click Here</a>
        <span id='a-aria-describedby-clickhere'>this is an aria described by</span>
    

Reliability Trend

This graph shows reliability over time for this code in NVDA, JAWS, WindowEyes and Voiceover. Other screen readers don't have enough historical data yet to plot trends.

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Change History

Last updated: October 16, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Reading Link click here, this is an aria described by
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Tabbing Click here link, this is an aria described by
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Reading Link click here, this is an aria described by
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Tabbing Click here link, this is an aria described by
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 Reading Link click here, this is an aria described by
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 Tabbing Click here link, this is an aria described by
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Reading Link click here, this is an aria described by
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Tabbing Click here link, this is an aria described by
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 Reading link click here, this is an aria described by
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 Tabbing click here link, this is an aria described by
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 Reading link click here, this is an aria described by
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 Tabbing click here link, this is an aria described by
OK NVDA 2012.1FF28 Reading link click here, this is an aria described by
OK NVDA 2012.1FF28 Tabbing click here link, this is an aria described by
OK NVDA 2012.3IE11 Reading link click here, this is an aria described by
OK NVDA 2012.3IE11 Tabbing click here link, this is an aria described by
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Reading Link, click here. This is an aria described by.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Tabbingaria-describedby is read when tabbing Click here, link, this is an aria described by.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Reading Link, click here. This is an aria described by.
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Tabbingaria-describedby isn't read when tabbing Click here, link
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Reading Link, click here. This is an aria described by.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Tabbing Click here, link, this is an aria described by.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Reading Link, click here. This is an aria described by.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Tabbing Click here, link, this is an aria described by.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Reading Link, click here. This is an aria described by.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Tabbing Click here, link, this is an aria described by.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Reading Link, click here. This is an aria described by.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Tabbing Click here, link, this is an aria described by.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Reading link click here, this is an aria described by
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Tabbing click here link, this is an aria described by
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Reading link click here, this is an aria described by
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Tabbingreads out aria-describedby twice click here link, this is an aria described by, this is an aria described by
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF28 Reading link click here, use Jaws key plus ALT plus R to read descriptive text
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF28 Tabbingreads out aria-describedby twice link click here, use Jaws key plus ALT plus R to read descriptive text, this is an aria described by, this is an aria described by
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Reading link click here
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Tabbingreads out aria-describedby twice click here link, this is an aria described by, this is an aria described by
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Readingreads out what's on screen - reasonable behavior Link click here
Fail WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Tabbingaria-describedby isn't read Link click here
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Readingreads out what's on screen - reasonable behavior Link click here
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Tabbingaria-describedby isn't read Link click here
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Reading Link, click here, this is an aria described by.
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Tabbing Link, click here, this is an aria described by.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Readingaria-describedby is only read after long pause Link, click here... The help tag is: this is an aria described by.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Tabbingaria-describedby is only read after long pause Link, click here... The help tag is: this is an aria described by.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 Readingaria-describedby is only read after long pause Link, click here... The help tag is: this is an aria described by.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 Tabbingaria-describedby is only read after long pause Link, click here... The help tag is: this is an aria described by.
OK VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1Touch Click here, link, this is an aria described by
OK VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4Touch Click here, link, this is an aria described by
OK VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1Touch Click here, link, this is an aria described by
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Click here, link. This is an aria described by
Fail Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Tabbingaria-describedby isn't read Click here, link
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Reading Link click here, this is an aria described by
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Tabbing Click here link, this is an aria described by

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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: