A link with aria-label wraps IMG with no ALT Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: causes problems in some screen readers

Actual Result: causes problems in 11 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:


        <a href='4567.html' aria-label='this is an aria label'><img src='1234.png'></a>
    

Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Reading Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Tabbing Speak This is an aria label, link
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Reading Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Tabbing Speak This is an aria label, link
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 Reading Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 Tabbing Speak This is an aria label, link
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Reading Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Tabbing Speak This is an aria label, link
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 Reading Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 Tabbing Speak This is an aria label, link
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 Reading Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 Tabbing Speak This is an aria label, link
Fail NVDA 2012.1FF28 Readingnothing read, and no indication of link Speak Blank
Fail NVDA 2012.1FF28 TabbingSkipped by tabbing - unreachable with tab key
OK NVDA 2012.3IE11 Reading Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK NVDA 2012.3IE11 Tabbing Speak This is an aria label, link
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Reading Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Tabbing Speak This is an aria label, link
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Reading Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Tabbing Speak This is an aria label, link
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Reading Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Tabbing Speak This is an aria label, link
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Reading Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Tabbing Speak This is an aria label, link
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Reading Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Tabbing Speak This is an aria label, link
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Reading Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Tabbing Speak This is an aria label, link
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Reading Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Tabbing Speak This is an aria label, link
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Reading Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Tabbing Speak This is an aria label, link
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF29 Readingignores aria-label and reads out img filename Speak Link graphic twelve thirty four
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF29 Tabbingignores aria-label and reads out img filename Speak Twelve thirty four link graphic
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Readingignores aria-label and reads out img filename Speak Link Graphic test slash twelve thirty four
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Tabbingignores aria-label and reads out img filename Speak Test slash twelve thirty four, link graphic
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Reading Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Tabbing Speak Link, this is an aria label
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Readingreads out path of link Speak Link test slash forty five sixty seven dot html
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Tabbing Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Reading Speak Link image, this is an aria label
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Tabbing Speak Link image, this is an aria label
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Reading Speak Link image, this is an aria label
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Tabbing Speak Link image, this is an aria label
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingReads out filename of image Speak Link image one two three four PNG, this is an aria label
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 TabbingReads out filename of image Speak Link image one two three four PNG, this is an aria label
OK VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1Touch Speak This is an aria label, link image
OK VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4Touch Speak This is an aria label, link image
OK VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1Touch Speak This is an aria label, link image
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Speak This is an aria label, link
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Tabbing Speak This is an aria label, link
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Readingignores label and just reads blank link Speak link
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Tabbingignores label and just reads blank link Speak link

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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: