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

Last updated: October 16, 2016

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 6 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: ARIA7

Code used for this test:


        <a href='4567.html' aria-labelledby='a-aria-labelledby-clickhere'>Click Here</a>
        <span id='a-aria-labelledby-clickhere'>this is an aria labelled 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, this is an aria labelled by, this is an aria labelled by
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Tabbing This is an aria labelled by, link
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Reading Link click here, this is an aria labelled by
Fail NVDA 2016.2IE11 Tabbingaria-labelledby ignored Click here, link
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 Reading Link, this is an aria labelled by, this is an aria labelled by
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 Tabbing This is an aria labelled by, link
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Reading Link click here, this is an aria labelled by
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11 Tabbingaria-labelledby ignored Click here, link
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 Reading link click here, this is an aria labelled by
Fail NVDA 2014.1FF28 Tabbingaria-labelledby ignored Click here, link
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 Reading link click here, this is an aria labelled by
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 Tabbing Click here, this is an aria labelled by, link
OK NVDA 2012.1FF28 Reading link click here
Fail NVDA 2012.1FF28 Tabbingaria-labelledby ignored click here link
OK NVDA 2012.3IE11 Reading link click here, this is an aria labelled by
OK NVDA 2012.3IE11 Tabbing click here, this is an aria labelled by link
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Reading Link, this is an aria labelled by. This is an aria labelled by.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Tabbing This is an aria labelled by, link
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Reading Link, click here. This is an aria labelled by.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Tabbingstill displayed as 'Click Here' in List Links window. This is an aria labelled by, link.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Reading Link, this is an aria labelled by. This is an aria labelled by.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Tabbing This is an aria labelled by, link
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Reading Link, click here. This is an aria labelled by.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Tabbing This is an aria labelled by, link.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Reading Link, this is an aria labelled by. This is an aria labelled by.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Tabbing This is an aria labelled by, link
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Reading Link, click here. This is an aria labelled by.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Tabbing This is an aria labelled by, link.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Reading link, this is an aria labelled by, this is an aria labelled by
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Tabbing This is an aria labelled by link
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Reading link click here, this is an aria labelled by
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Tabbing This is an aria labelled by link
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF28 Reading link click here
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF28 Tabbing This is an aria labelled by link
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Reading link click here
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Tabbingaria-labelledby ignored click here link
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Reading Link, this is an aria labelled by
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Tabbing Link, this is an aria labelled by
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Readingreads out what's on screen - reasonable behavior Link click here
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Tabbing Link, this is an aria labelled by
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Reading Link, this is an aria labelled by
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Tabbing Link, this is an aria labelled
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Reading Link, this is an aria labelled by
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Tabbing Link, this is an aria labelled
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 Reading Link, click here, this is an aria labelled by
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 Tabbing Link, click here, this is an aria labelled by
OK VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1Touch This is an aria labelled by link
OK VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4Touch This is an aria labelled by link
OK VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1Touch This is an aria labelled by link
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading This is an aria labelled by, click here, link
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Tabbing This is an aria labelled by, link
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Reading link click here
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Tabbingaria-labelledby ignored click here link

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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: