FIELDSET with no LEGEND Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: causes problems in some screen readers

Actual Result: causes problems in 25 screen reader / browser combinations

For expected failures, the results show which AT combos the failures affect. Results are recorded from the user's viewpoint, so describe the user impact of authoring errors.

Code used for this test:


        <p>Close the window</p>
        <fieldset>
            <label><input name='radio_no_legend' type='radio' checked='checked'>Yes</label>
            <label><input name='radio_no_legend' type='radio'>No</label>
        </fieldset>
    

Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Reading Speak Close the window. Clickable radio button, checked, yes, clickable radio button, not checked, no.
Fail NVDA 2016.2FF48 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for. Speak Yes, radio button, checked, one of two.
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Reading Speak Close the window. Radio button, checked, yes, radio button, not checked, no.
Fail NVDA 2016.2IE11 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for. Speak Yes, radio button, checked.
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 Reading Speak Close the window. Radio button, checked, yes, radio button, not checked, no.
Fail NVDA 2015.2FF40 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for. Speak Yes, radio button, checked, one of two.
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Reading Speak Close the window. Radio button, checked, yes, radio button, not checked, no.
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for. Speak Yes, radio button, checked.
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 Reading Speak Close the window. Radio button, checked, yes. Radio button, not checked, no.
Fail NVDA 2014.1FF28 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for. Speak Yes, radio button, checked, one of two.
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 Reading Speak Close the window. Radio button, checked, yes. Radio button, not checked, no.
Fail NVDA 2014.1IE11 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for. Speak Yes, radio button, checked.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Reading Speak Close the window. Radio button, checked, yes one of two. Radio button, not checked, no, two of two.
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for. Speak Yes, radio button, checked, one of two.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Reading Speak Close the window. Radio button, checked, yes. Yes. Radio button, not checked, no. No.
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for. Speak Yes, radio button checked.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Reading Speak Close the window. Radio button, checked, yes one of two. Radio button, not checked, no, two of two.
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for. Speak Yes, radio button, checked, one of two.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Reading Speak Close the window. Radio button, checked, yes. Yes. Radio button, not checked, no. No.
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for. Speak Yes, radio button checked.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Reading Speak Close the window. Radio button, checked, yes. Radio button, not checked, no, two of two.
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for. Speak Yes, radio button, checked, one of two.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Reading Speak Close the window. Radio button, checked, yes. Yes. Radio button, not checked, no. No.
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for. Speak Yes, radio button checked.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Reading Speak Close the window. Radio button, checked, yes. Radio button, not checked, no. Two of two.
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for. Speak Radio button, checked, yes. One of two.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Reading Speak Close the window. Radio button, checked, yes. Yes. Radio button, not checked, no. No.
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for. Speak Yes, radio button checked.
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF29 Reading Speak Close the window. Radio button, checked, yes, one of two. Radio button, not checked, no, two of two.
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF29 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for. Speak Yes, radio button, checked, one of two.
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Reading Speak Close the window. Radio button, checked, yes. Radio button, not checked, no.
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for. Speak Yes, radio button checked.
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Reading Speak Close the window. Yes, radio button, checked. Yes. No, radio button, unchecked. No.
Fail WindowEyes 9.2IE11 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for when tabbing. Speak Yes, radio button, checked.
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Reading Speak Close the window. Radio button, checked, yes. Radio button, unchecked, no.
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for when tabbing. Speak Yes, checked, radio button.
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Reading Speak Close the window. Yes, selected radio button, one of two. Yes. No, radio button, two of two. No.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for when tabbing. Speak Yes, selected radio button, one of two, yes yes, no no.
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Reading Speak Close the window. Yes, selected radio button, one of two. Yes. No, radio button, two of two. No.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for when tabbing. Speak Yes, selected radio button, one of two.
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 Reading Speak Close the window. Yes, selected radio button, one of two. No, radio button, two of two.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for when tabbing. Speak Yes, selected radio button, one of two.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1TouchRadio buttons not treated as part of same group Speak Close the window. Yes, radio button ticked, one of one. No, radio button unticked, one of one.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4TouchRadio buttons not treated as part of same group Speak Close the window. Yes, radio button ticked, one of one. No, radio button unticked, one of one.
OK VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1Touch Speak Close the window. Yes, radio button ticked, one of two. No, radio button unticked, two of two.
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Speak Close the window. Checked radio, yes. Yes. Unchecked radio, no. No.
Fail Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for when tabbing. Speak Checked radio, yes. Unchecked radio, no.
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Reading Speak Close the window. Radio button selected, Yes. Radio button unselected, No
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 TabbingNothing to indicate what Yes / No is a choice for when tabbing. Speak Yes, radio button selected. No, radio button unselected

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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: