IMG with aria-label Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 4 screen reader / browser combinations

WCAG Technique: ARIA6

Code used for this test:


        <img src='1234.png' aria-label='this is an aria label'>
    

Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Reading Speak Graphic, this is an aria label
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Reading Speak Graphic, this is an aria label
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 Reading Speak Graphic, this is an aria label
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Reading Speak Graphic, this is an aria label
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 Reading Speak Graphic, this is an aria label
Fail NVDA 2014.1IE11 ReadingImage ignored
OK NVDA 2012.1FF28 Reading Speak Graphic, this is an aria label
Fail NVDA 2012.3IE11 ReadingImage ignored
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Reading Speak Graphic, this is an aria label
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Reading Speak Graphic, this is an aria label
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Reading Speak Graphic, this is an aria label
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Reading Speak Graphic, this is an aria label
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Reading Speak Graphic, this is an aria label
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Reading Speak Graphic, this is an aria label
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Reading Speak Graphic, this is an aria label
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Reading Speak Graphic, this is an aria label
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF28 Reading Speak Graphic, this is an aria label
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Reading Speak Graphic, this is an aria label
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Reading Speak This is an aria label
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Reading Speak This is an aria label
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Reading Speak This is an aria label, image
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Reading Speak This is an aria label, image
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 Reading Speak This is an aria label, image
OK VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1Touch Speak This is an aria label, image
OK VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4Touch Speak This is an aria label, image
OK VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1Touch Speak This is an aria label, image
Fail Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 ReadingImage ignored
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 ReadingImage ignored

SortSite rules: AccWcag1-1.1.8

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: