IFRAME with fallback content Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: October 16, 2016

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 7 screen reader / browser combinations

WCAG Technique: H64 Example 2

Code used for this test:


        <iframe src='1234.html' width='400' height='100'>
            This is iframe text
        </iframe>
    

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.

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Change History

Last updated: October 16, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 ReadingFallback content is ignored Iframe, this is an, link, example hyperlink in the target page. Out of iframe, blank.
Fail NVDA 2016.2FF48 TabbingSilence when tab focus stops on iframe. Silence. Iframe, example hyperlink, link.
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 ReadingIFRAME alternative content ignored, and doesn't appear in the DOM. Frame, this is an, link, example hyperlink in the target page. Out of frame.
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 TabbingFallback content is ignored Frame, this is an, example hyperlink, link, in the target page. Example hyperlink, link. Out of frame.
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 ReadingFallback content is ignored Iframe, this is an, link, example hyperlink in the target page. Out of iframe, blank.
Fail NVDA 2015.2FF40 TabbingSilence when tab focus stops on iframe. Focus trap on forward tabbing - only when NVDA running Silence. Example hyperlink, link.
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingIFRAME alternative content ignored, and doesn't appear in the DOM. Frame, this is an, link, example hyperlink in the target page. Out of frame.
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 TabbingFallback content is ignored Frame, this is an, example hyperlink, link, in the target page. Example hyperlink, link. Out of frame.
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 ReadingFallback content is ignored IFrame, This is an, link, example hyperlink in the target page. Example hyperlink, link.
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 TabbingFallback content is ignored IFrame. This is an, link, example hyperlink in the target page. Example hyperlink, link.
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 ReadingIFRAME alternative content ignored, and doesn't appear in the DOM. Frame, This is an, link, example hyperlink in the target page. Out of frame.
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 TabbingFallback content is ignored Frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink in the target page. Example hyperlink, link.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingReads out title tag of frame source page, and doesn't read out alternative content. Example target, frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. Example target frame end.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 TabbingReads out title tag of frame source page. Tab, frame, example target. Tab, example hyperlink, link.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 ReadingJAWS 15 reads out iframe alt content, JAWS 16 no longer does this. Example target, frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. Example target frame end.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 TabbingFallback content is ignored Example target, frame. Example hyperlink, link.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 ReadingReads out title tag of frame source page, and doesn't read out alternative content. Example target frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. Example target frame end.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 TabbingFallback content is ignored Tab, frame, this is an. Tab, example hyperlink, link.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 ReadingJAWS 15 reads out iframe alt content, JAWS 16 no longer does this. Example target frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. Example target frame end.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 TabbingFallback content is ignored Example target, frame. Example hyperlink, link.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 ReadingReads out title tag of frame source page, and doesn't read out alternative content. Example target frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. Example target frame end.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 TabbingFallback content is ignored Frame. This is an. Example hyperlink, link.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 ReadingReads out ALT content - not seen another screen reader do this. Example target frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. This is iframe text. Example target frame end.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 TabbingFallback content is ignored Example target, frame. Example hyperlink, link.
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 ReadingReads out filename of frame. Twelve thirty four frame. This is an. Link, example hyperlink. In the target page. Twelve thirty four frame end.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 TabbingFallback content is ignored Frame. This is an. Example hyperlink, link.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 ReadingReads out title tag of frame source page, fallback content is ignored. Example target, frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. Example target, frame end.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 TabbingFallback content is ignored Example target, frame. Example hyperlink, link.
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF29 ReadingReads out title tag of frame source page, fallback content is ignored. Example target frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. Example target frame end.
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF29 TabbingFallback content is ignored Example target, frame. Example hyperlink, link.
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 ReadingReads out title tag of frame source page. Example target, frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page.
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 TabbingFallback content is ignored Example target, frame. Example hyperlink, link.
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 ReadingStops speaking at line wraps in IFRAME. This is an. Link, example hyperlink. In the. Target. Page.
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 TabbingFallback content is ignored Frame. Link, example hyperlink
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingReads out "Untitled" for frame name. Untitled iframe. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. End frame.
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 TabbingFallback content is ignored Link, example hyperlink
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingMeaningless frame title read out. Frame one
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Tabbing Link, example hyperlink
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 ReadingMeaningless frame title read out. Frame one
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Tabbing Link, example hyperlink
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingMeaningless frame title read out. Frame one
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 TabbingFallback content is ignored Leaving frame link, example hyperlink
OK VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1TouchFallback content is ignored This is an, example hyperlink, link, in the target page.
OK VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4TouchFallback content is ignored This is an, example hyperlink, link, in the target page.
OK VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1TouchFallback content is ignored This is an, example hyperlink, link, in the target page.
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Frame, normal, this is an. Example hyperlink, link. In the target page
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 TabbingFallback content is ignored Frame, example hyperlink, link
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 ReadingFallback content is ignored This is an, link, example hyperlink in the target page
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 TabbingFallback content is ignored Example hyperlink, link

SortSite rules: AccWcag1-1.1.7

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: