FIELDSET containing links Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: October 16, 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>
    

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.

100%80%60%40%20%0%201462%201569%201669%

Change History

Last updated: October 16, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Reading 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. Home link. About link. Contact link.
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Reading 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. Home link. About link. Contact link.
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 Reading 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. Home link. About link. Contact link.
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Reading 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. Home link. About link. Contact link.
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 Reading Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 TabbingNice way of grouping related links. Legend for enclosed links, grouping. Home link. About link. Contact link.
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 Reading Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 TabbingNice way of grouping related links. Legend for enclosed links, grouping. Home link. About link. Contact link.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Reading Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Tabbing Legend for enclosed links, home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Reading Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 TabbingLegend not read Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Reading Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Tabbing Legend for enclosed links, home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Reading Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 TabbingLegend not read Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Reading Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Tabbing Legend for enclosed links, home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Reading Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 TabbingLegend not read Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Reading Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Tabbing Legend for enclosed links, home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Reading Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 TabbingLegend not read Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF29 Reading Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF29 Tabbing Legend for enclosed links, home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Reading Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 TabbingLegend not read Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Reading Legend for enclosed links. Link home. Link about. Link contact.
Fail WindowEyes 9.2IE11 TabbingLegend not read Link home. Link about. Link contact.
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingLegend not read Link home. Link about. Link contact.
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 TabbingLegend read out for every link. 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 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 Link home, legend for enclosed links. Link about. Link contact.
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Reading 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 Link home. Link about. Link contact.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingLegend read out for every link. 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. 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 Legend for enclosed links. Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4TouchLegend not read Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1Touch Legend for enclosed links. Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Legend for enclosed links. Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
Fail Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 TabbingLegend not read Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Reading Legend for enclosed links. Link Home. Link About. Link Contact.
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 TabbingLegend not read Home, link. About, link. Contact, link.

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: