IMG with null ALT attribute Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: works in all tested screen readers

WCAG Technique: H67

Code used for this test:


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Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 ReadingIgnored as expected Speak Blank
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK NVDA 2012.1FF28 ReadingIgnored as expected Speak Blank
OK NVDA 2012.3IE11 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF28 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1TouchIgnored as expected
OK VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4TouchIgnored as expected
OK VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1TouchIgnored as expected
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 ReadingIgnored as expected
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 ReadingIgnored as expected

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: