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

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 7 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: ARIA8

Code used for this test:


        <a href='4567.html' aria-label='this is an aria label'>Click Here</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 click here
Fail NVDA 2014.1FF28 Tabbingaria label ignored Speak Click here, link
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 Reading Speak link click here
Fail NVDA 2014.1IE11 Tabbingaria label ignored Speak Click here, link
OK NVDA 2012.1FF28 Reading Speak link click here
Fail NVDA 2012.1FF28 Tabbingaria label ignored Speak click here link
OK NVDA 2012.3IE11 Reading Speak link click here
Fail NVDA 2012.3IE11 Tabbingaria label ignored Speak click here 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, click here.
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, click here
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Tabbing Speak This is an aria label, link
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF28 Readingaria-label repeated 5 times Speak link, this is an aria label, this is an aria label, this is an aria label, this is an aria label, click here
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF28 Tabbingaria-label repeated 5 times Speak This is an aria label, this is an aria label, this is an aria label, this is an aria label, click here link
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Reading Speak link, this is an aria label, click here
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Tabbing Speak This is an aria label, click here link
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Reading Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Tabbing Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Readingreads out what's on screen - reasonable behavior Speak Link click here
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Tabbing Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Reading Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Tabbing Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Reading Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Tabbing Speak Link, this is an aria label
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 Reading Speak link, click here, this is an aria label
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 Tabbing Speak link, click here, this is an aria label
OK VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1Touch Speak This is an aria label, link
OK VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4Touch Speak This is an aria label, link
OK VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1Touch Speak This is an aria label, link
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Speak This is an aria label, click here, link
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Tabbing Speak This is an aria label, link
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Reading Speak link click here
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Tabbingaria label ignored Speak click here link

SortSite rules: AccWcag1-13.1.2

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: