ABBR with title 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

WCAG Technique: H28

Code used for this test:


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Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Reading Speak Et cetera
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Reading Speak Et cetera
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 Reading Speak Et cetera
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Reading Speak Et cetera
Fail NVDA 2014.1FF28 ReadingABBR expansion ignored in screen reader, available to sighted users as dotted underline tooltip links in browser. Speak e t c
Fail NVDA 2014.1IE11 ReadingABBR expansion ignored. Speak e t c
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingABBR expansion read (by default) in screen reader, available to sighted users as dotted underline tooltip links in browser. Speak Et cetera
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 ReadingABBR expansion read (by default) in screen reader. Speak Et cetera
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 ReadingABBR expansion read (by default) in screen reader, available to sighted users as dotted underline tooltip links in browser. Speak Et cetera
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 ReadingABBR expansion read (by default) in screen reader. Speak Et cetera
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 ReadingABBR expansion read (by default) in screen reader, available to sighted users as dotted underline tooltip links in browser. Speak Et cetera
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 ReadingABBR expansion ignored. Speak e t c
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 ReadingABBR expansion ignored in screen reader, available to sighted users as dotted underline tooltip links in browser. Speak e t c
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 ReadingABBR expansion ignored. Speak e t c
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF29 Reading Speak Et cetera
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 ReadingABBR expansion ignored. Speak e t c
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Reading Speak Et cetera
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Reading Speak Et cetera
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingABBR expansion ignored. Speak e t c
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 ReadingABBR expansion ignored. Speak e t c
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingABBR expansion ignored. Speak e t c
Fail VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1TouchABBR expansion ignored. Speak e t c
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4TouchABBR expansion ignored. Speak e t c
Fail VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1TouchABBR expansion ignored. Speak e t c
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Speak Et cetera
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 ReadingABBR expansion ignored. Speak e t c

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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: