IFRAME with title Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 5 screen reader / browser combinations

User's in general don't generally perceive IFRAMES, so scoring on this test is based on using the title attribute to suppress underseriable screen reader behaviour like reading IFRAME url.

WCAG Technique: H64

Code used for this test:


        <iframe title='This is an 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. This is an iframe title, 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.
Fail NVDA 2016.2IE11 TabbingFrame SRC URL gibberish is voiced if IFRAME has a non-empty title attribute Speak One thousand two hundred and thirty four dot HTML, frame, this is an, example hyperlink, link, 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.
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11 TabbingFrame SRC URL gibberish is voiced if IFRAME has a non-empty title attribute Speak One thousand two hundred and thirty four dot HTML, frame, this is an, example hyperlink, link, 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 Reading Speak This is an IFRAME title, frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. This is an IFRAME title, frame end.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Tabbing Speak Tab, this is an IFRAME title frame, this is an IFRAME title. 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 Reading Speak This is an IFRAME title, frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. This is an IFRAME title, frame end.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Tabbing Speak Tab, this is an IFRAME title, 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 Reading Speak This is an IFRAME title, frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. This is an IFRAME title, frame end.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Tabbing Speak This is an IFRAME title, 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.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Reading Speak This is an IFRAME title, frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. This is an IFRAME title, frame end.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Tabbing Speak This is an IFRAME title, 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 attribute iframe. Speak This is an IFRAME title, frame. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. This is an IFRAME title, frame end.
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF29 TabbingFrame title read out twice. Speak This is an IFRAME title, frame. This is an IFRAME title, 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 ReadingIFRAME title ignored, stops speaking at line wraps in IFRAME. Speak This is an. Link, example hyperlink. In the. Target. Page.
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Tabbing Speak Frame, this is an IFRAME title. Link, example hyperlink
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingReads out IFRAME TITLE for frame name. Speak This is an IFRAME title iframe. This is an, link, example hyperlink, in the target page. End frame.
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Tabbing Speak Link, example hyperlink
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingIFRAME TITLE attribute read. Speak This is an IFRAME title, frame.
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Tabbing Speak Link, example hyperlink
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 ReadingIFRAME TITLE attribute read. Speak This is an IFRAME title, frame.
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Tabbing Speak Link, example hyperlink
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingIFRAME TITLE attribute read. Speak This is an IFRAME title frame
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 TabbingIFRAME TITLE attribute ignored 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: