IMG without ALT attribute Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: causes problems in some screen readers

Actual Result: causes problems in 28 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.

WCAG Failure: F65

Code used for this test:


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Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
Fail NVDA 2016.2FF48 ReadingImage ignored
Fail NVDA 2016.2IE11 ReadingImage ignored
Fail NVDA 2015.2FF40 ReadingImage ignored
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingImage ignored
Fail NVDA 2014.1FF28 ReadingImage ignored Speak Blank
Fail NVDA 2014.1IE11 ReadingImage ignored
Fail NVDA 2012.1FF28 ReadingImage ignored Speak Blank
Fail NVDA 2012.3IE11 ReadingImage ignored
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingImage ignored
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 ReadingImage ignored
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 ReadingImage ignored
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 ReadingImage ignored
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 ReadingImage ignored
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 ReadingImage ignored
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 ReadingImage ignored
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 ReadingImage ignored
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF28 ReadingImage ignored
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 ReadingImage ignored
Fail WindowEyes 9.2IE11 ReadingImage ignored
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingImage ignored
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingImage filename read out Speak One two three four PNG image
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 ReadingImage filename read out Speak One two three four PNG image
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingImage filename read out Speak One two three four PNG image
Fail VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1TouchImage filename read out Speak One thousand, two hundred and thirty four PNG, image
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4TouchImage filename read out Speak One thousand, two hundred and thirty four PNG, image
Fail VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1TouchImage filename read out Speak One thousand, two hundred and thirty four, 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: