IFRAME with blank title Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: causes problems in some screen readers

Actual Result: causes problems in 7 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:


        <iframe title='' src='1234.html' width='400' height='100'></iframe>
    

Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Reading Speak 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. Speak Silence. Iframe, example hyperlink, link.
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 ReadingIFRAME title ignored. Speak Frame, this is an, link, example hyperlink in the target page. Out of frame.
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Tabbing Speak Frame, this is an, link, example hyperlink in the target page. Example hyperlink, link. Out of frame.
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 Reading Speak 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 Speak Silence. Example hyperlink, link.
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingIFRAME title ignored. Speak Frame, this is an, link, example hyperlink in the target page. Out of frame.
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Tabbing Speak Frame, this is an, link, example hyperlink in the target page. Example hyperlink, link. Out of frame.
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 Reading Speak IFrame, This is an, link, example hyperlink in the target page. Example hyperlink, link.
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 Tabbing Speak IFrame. This is an, link, example hyperlink in the target page. Example hyperlink, link.
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 ReadingIFRAME title ignored. Speak Frame, This is an, link, example hyperlink in the target page. Out of frame.
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 Tabbing Speak 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 when iframe title blank. Speak 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 when iframe title blank. Speak Tab, frame, example target. Tab, example hyperlink, link.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 ReadingReads out title tag of frame source page. Speak Example target, frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. Example target, frame end.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Tabbing Speak Example target, frame. Example hyperlink, link.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 ReadingReads out title tag of frame source page when iframe title blank. Speak Example target frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. Example target frame end.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Tabbing Speak Tab, frame, this is an. Tab, example hyperlink, link.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 ReadingReads out title tag of frame source page. Speak Example target, frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. Example target, frame end.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Tabbing Speak Example target, frame. Example hyperlink, link.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 ReadingReads out title tag of frame source page when iframe title blank. Speak Example target frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. Example target frame end.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Tabbing Speak Frame. This is an. Example hyperlink, link.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 ReadingReads out title tag of frame source page. Speak Example target, frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. Example target, frame end.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Tabbing Speak Example target, frame. Example hyperlink, link.
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 ReadingReads out filename of frame. Speak Twelve thirty four frame. This is an. Link, example hyperlink. In the target page. Twelve thirty four frame end.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Tabbing Speak Frame. This is an. Example hyperlink, link.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 ReadingReads out title tag of frame source page. Speak Example target, frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. Example target, frame end.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Tabbing Speak Example target, frame. Example hyperlink, link.
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF29 ReadingReads out title tag of frame source page when iframe title blank. Speak Example target frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. Example target frame end.
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF29 Tabbing Speak Frame, example target, frame. Example hyperlink, link.
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 ReadingReads out title tag of frame source page. Speak Example target, frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page.
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Tabbing Speak Example target, frame. Example hyperlink, link.
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 ReadingStops speaking at line wraps in IFRAME. Speak This is an. Link, example hyperlink. In the. Target. Page.
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Tabbing Speak Frame. Link, example hyperlink
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingReads out "Untitled" for frame name. Speak Untitled iframe. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. End frame.
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Tabbing Speak Link, example hyperlink
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingMeaningless frame title read out. Speak Frame three
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Tabbing Speak Link, example hyperlink
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 ReadingMeaningless frame title read out. Speak Frame three
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Tabbing Speak Link, example hyperlink
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingMeaningless frame title read out. Speak Frame three
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 Tabbing Speak Leaving frame link, example hyperlink
OK VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1Touch Speak This is an, example hyperlink, link, in the target page.
OK VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4Touch Speak This is an, example hyperlink, link, in the target page.
OK VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1Touch Speak This is an, example hyperlink, link, in the target page.
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Speak Frame, normal, this is an. Example hyperlink, link. In the target page
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Tabbing Speak Frame, example hyperlink, link
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Reading Speak This is an, link, example hyperlink in the target page
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Tabbing Speak Example hyperlink, link

SortSite rules: AccWcag1-12.1.1

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: