FIELDSET containing links Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 18 screen reader / browser combinations

WCAG Technique: H91

Code used for this test:


        <fieldset>
            <legend>Legend for enclosed links</legend>
            <a href='/'>Home</a>
            <a href='/about'>About</a>
            <a href='/contact'>Contact</a>
        </fieldset>
    

Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links. Link home, link about, link contact.
Fail NVDA 2016.2FF48 TabbingLegend not read when tabbing forward, but is read when shift-tabbing backwards. Speak Home link. About link. Contact link.
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links, link home, link about, link contact.
Fail NVDA 2016.2IE11 TabbingLegend not read when tabbing forward, but is read when shift-tabbing backwards. Speak Home link. About link. Contact link.
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links. Link home, link about, link contact.
Fail NVDA 2015.2FF40 TabbingLegend not read when tabbing forward, but is read when shift-tabbing backwards. Speak Home link. About link. Contact link.
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links, link home, link about, link contact.
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11 TabbingLegend not read when tabbing forward, but is read when shift-tabbing backwards. Speak Home link. About link. Contact link.
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 TabbingNice way of grouping related links. Speak Legend for enclosed links, grouping. Home link. About link. Contact link.
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 TabbingNice way of grouping related links. Speak Legend for enclosed links, grouping. Home link. About link. Contact link.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Tabbing Speak Legend for enclosed links, home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 TabbingLegend not read Speak Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Tabbing Speak Legend for enclosed links, home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 TabbingLegend not read Speak Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Tabbing Speak Legend for enclosed links, home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 TabbingLegend not read Speak Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Tabbing Speak Legend for enclosed links, home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 TabbingLegend not read Speak Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF29 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF29 Tabbing Speak Legend for enclosed links, home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 TabbingLegend not read Speak Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
Fail WindowEyes 9.2IE11 TabbingLegend not read Speak Link home. Link about. Link contact.
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingLegend not read Speak Link home. Link about. Link contact.
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 TabbingLegend read out for every link. Speak Link, legend for enclosed links, home. Link, legend for enclosed links, about. Link, legend for enclosed links, contact.
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links, with 2 items, group. 2 items interact with legend for enclosed links, with 2 items, group 4 items, legend for enclosed links. Link, home. Link, about. Link, contact.
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Tabbing Speak Link home, legend for enclosed links. Link about. Link contact.
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links, group. Interact with legend for enclosed links, group, 3 items, link, home. Link, about. Link, contact.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 TabbingLegend not read Speak Link home. Link about. Link contact.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingLegend read out for every link. Speak Link, home, legend for enclosed links. Link, about, legend for enclosed links. Link, contact, legend for enclosed links.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 TabbingLegend read out for every link. Speak Link, home, legend for enclosed links. Link, about, legend for enclosed links. Link, contact, legend for enclosed links.
OK VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1Touch Speak Legend for enclosed links. Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4TouchLegend not read Speak Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1Touch Speak Legend for enclosed links. Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links. Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
Fail Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 TabbingLegend not read Speak Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Reading Speak Legend for enclosed links. Link Home. Link About. Link Contact.
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 TabbingLegend not read Speak Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.

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: