IMG with FIGCAPTION Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 11 screen reader / browser combinations

Code used for this test:


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            <figcaption>Violet, taken on 12/11/2010.</figcaption>
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Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Reading Speak Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Reading Speak Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 Reading Speak Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Reading Speak Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 Reading Speak Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 Reading Speak Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingCaption not read, and image ignored
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Reading Speak Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 ReadingCaption read twice Speak Group start, Violet, taken on 12/11/2010. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010. Group end.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Reading Speak Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 ReadingCaption read twice Speak Group start, Violet, taken on 12/11/2010. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Reading Speak Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 ReadingCaption read twice Speak Group start, Violet, taken on 12/11/2010. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Reading Speak Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF29 ReadingCaption read twice Speak Group start, Violet, taken on 12/11/2010. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Reading Speak Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Reading Speak Figure Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Reading Speak Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingReads out meaningless filename, then FIGCAPTION. Speak One two three four PNG image. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 ReadingReads out meaningless filename, then FIGCAPTION. Speak One two three four PNG image. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingReads out meaningless filename, then FIGCAPTION. Speak One two three four PNG image. Violet, taken on 12/11/2010
Fail VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1TouchReads out meaningless filename, then FIGCAPTION. Speak One thousand, two hundred and thirty four PNG, image, Violet, taken on twelve slash eleven slash two thousand and ten.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4TouchReads out meaningless filename, then FIGCAPTION. Speak One thousand, two hundred and thirty four PNG, image, Violet, taken on twelve slash eleven slash two thousand and ten.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1TouchReads out meaningless filename, then FIGCAPTION. Speak One thousand, two hundred and thirty four PNG, image, Violet, taken on twelve, eleven, twenty ten.
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Speak Violet, taken on twelve, eleven, two thousand and ten.
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Reading Speak Violet, taken on twelve, eleven, twenty ten.

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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: