BUTTON wraps IMG with TITLE attribute Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 14 screen reader / browser combinations

Code used for this test:


        <button><img src='1234.png' title='This is image title'></button>
    

Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Reading Speak Button graphic, this is image title.
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Tabbing Speak This is image title, graphic button.
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Reading Speak Button graphic, this is image title
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Tabbing Speak This is image title, graphic button
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 Reading Speak Button graphic, this is image title.
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 Tabbing Speak This is image title, graphic button.
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Reading Speak Button graphic, this is image title
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Tabbing Speak This is image title, graphic button
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 Reading Speak Button graphic, this is image title.
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 Tabbing Speak This is image title, graphic button.
Fail NVDA 2014.1IE11 ReadingNothing indicates button function Speak Button
Fail NVDA 2014.1IE11 TabbingNothing indicates button function Speak Button
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Reading Speak This is image title, button
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Tabbing Speak Tab, this is image title, button
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Reading Speak This is image title, button graphic
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Tabbing Speak This is image title, button
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Reading Speak This is image title, button
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Tabbing Speak Tab, this is image title, button
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Reading Speak This is image title, button graphic
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Tabbing Speak This is image title, button
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Reading Speak This is image title, button
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Tabbing Speak This is image title, button
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Reading Speak This is image title, button graphic
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Tabbing Speak This is image title, button
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Reading Speak This is image title, button
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Tabbing Speak This is image title, button
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Reading Speak This is image title, button graphic
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Tabbing Speak This is image title, button
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF29 Reading Speak This is image title, button
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF29 Tabbing Speak This is image title, button
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 ReadingIgnores img title text, and reads "unlabeled zero button" without saying what button does. Speak Unlabeled zero button
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 TabbingIgnores img title text, and reads "unlabeled zero button" without saying what button does. Speak Unlabeled zero button
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Reading Speak This is image title, button
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Tabbing Speak This is image title, button
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingReads "button" without saying what button does. Speak Button
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Tabbing Speak This is image title button
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingReads "button" without saying what button does. Speak Button
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 TabbingReads "button" without saying what button does. Speak Button
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 ReadingReads "button" without saying what button does. Speak Button
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 TabbingReads "button" without saying what button does. Speak Button
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingReads "button" without saying what button does. Speak Button
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 TabbingReads "button" without saying what button does. Speak Button
Fail VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1TouchReads "button" without saying what button does. Speak Button
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4TouchReads "button" without saying what button does. Speak Button
Fail VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1TouchReads "button" without saying what button does. Speak Button
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Speak Normal, this is image title, button
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Tabbing Speak This is image title, button
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Reading Speak Button, button, this is image title
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Tabbing Speak This is image title, button

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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: