A "click here" link with TITLE attribute Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 13 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: H33

Code used for this test:


        <a href='4567.html' title='this is a link title'>Click Here</a>
    

Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Reading Speak Link, click here
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Tabbing Speak Click here link, this is a link title
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Reading Speak Link, click here
Fail NVDA 2016.2IE11 Tabbingtitle ignored Speak Click here, link
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 Reading Speak Link, click here
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 Tabbing Speak Click here link, this is a link title
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Reading Speak Link, click here
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11 Tabbingtitle ignored Speak Click here, link
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 Reading Speak link click here
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 Tabbing Speak click here link, this is a link title
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 Reading Speak link click here
Fail NVDA 2014.1IE11 Tabbingtitle ignored Speak click here link
OK NVDA 2012.1FF28 Reading Speak link click here
OK NVDA 2012.1FF28 Tabbing Speak click here link, this is a link title
OK NVDA 2012.3IE11 Reading Speak link click here
Fail NVDA 2012.3IE11 Tabbingtitle ignored Speak click here link
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Reading Speak Link, click here
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Tabbing Speak Click here, link, this is a link title
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Reading Speak Link, click here
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Tabbing Speak Click here, link, this is a link title
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Reading Speak Link, click here
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Tabbing Speak Click here, link, this is a link title
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Reading Speak Link, click here
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Tabbing Speak Click here, link, this is a link title
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Reading Speak Link, click here
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Tabbing Speak Click here, link, this is a link title
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Reading Speak Link, click here
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Tabbing Speak Click here, link, this is a link title
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Reading Speak Link, click here
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Tabbingtitle ignored Speak Click here, link
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Reading Speak Link, click here
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Tabbingtitle ignored Speak Click here, link
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF28 Reading Speak link click here
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF28 Tabbingtitle ignored Speak click here link
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Reading Speak link click here
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Tabbingtitle ignored Speak click here link
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Reading Speak Link, click here
Fail WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Tabbingtitle ignored Speak Link click here
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Reading Speak Link, click here
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Tabbingtitle ignored Speak Link click here
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Reading Speak Link, click here, this is a link title
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Tabbing Speak Link, click here, this is a link title
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Readingtitle ignored Speak Link, click here
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Tabbingtitle ignored Speak Link, click here
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 Reading Speak Link, click here, this is a link title
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 Tabbing Speak Link, click here, this is a link title
OK VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1Touch Speak Click here, link, this is a link title
OK VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4Touch Speak Click here, link, this is a link title
OK VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1Touch Speak Click here, this is a link title, link
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Speak Click here, link
Fail Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Tabbingtitle ignored Speak Click here, link
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Reading Speak link click here
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Tabbing Speak click here, this is a link title, 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: