INPUT type=text with aria-label attribute Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: October 16, 2016

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 10 screen reader / browser combinations

WCAG Technique: ARIA14

Code used for this test:


        <input type='text' aria-label='Enter search text'>
    

Reliability Trend

This graph shows reliability over time for this code in NVDA, JAWS, WindowEyes and Voiceover. Other screen readers don't have enough historical data yet to plot trends.

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Change History

Last updated: October 16, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
Fail NVDA 2016.2FF48 ReadingDoesn't read aria label in Reading mode Edit, auto complete
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Tabbing Enter search text, edit, auto complete, blank
Fail NVDA 2016.2IE11 ReadingDoesn't read aria label in Reading mode Edit
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Tabbing Enter search text, edit, blank
Fail NVDA 2015.2FF40 ReadingDoesn't read aria label in Reading mode Edit, auto complete
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 Tabbing Enter search text, edit, auto complete, blank
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingDoesn't read aria label in Reading mode Edit
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Tabbing Enter search text, edit, blank
Fail NVDA 2014.1FF28 ReadingDoesn't read aria label in Reading mode Edit, auto complete
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 Tabbing Enter search text, edit, auto complete, blank
Fail NVDA 2014.1IE11 ReadingDoesn't read aria label in Reading mode Edit
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 Tabbing Enter search text, edit, blank
Fail NVDA 2012.1FF28 ReadingDoesn't read aria label in Reading mode Edit, auto complete
OK NVDA 2012.1FF28 Tabbing Enter search text, edit, auto complete, blank
Fail NVDA 2012.3IE11 ReadingDoesn't read aria label in Reading mode Edit
OK NVDA 2012.3IE11 Tabbing Enter search text, edit, blank
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Reading Enter search text. Blank, edit, enter search text, edit, type in text.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Tabbing Tab, enter search text, edit, type in text
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Reading Enter search text. Edit, enter search text, edit, type in text.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Tabbing Enter search text, edit, type in text
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Reading Enter search text. Blank, edit.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Tabbing Tab, enter search text, edit, type in text
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Reading Enter search text. Edit
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Tabbing Enter search text, edit, type in text
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Reading Enter search text. Blank, edit.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Tabbing Enter search text, edit, type in text
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Reading Enter search text. Blank
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Tabbing Enter search text, edit, type in text
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Reading Enter search text, edit
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Tabbing Enter search text, edit, type in text
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Reading Enter search text, beep, blank
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Tabbing Enter search text, edit, type in text
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF28 Reading Enter search text, edit, type in text
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF28 Tabbing Enter search text, edit, type in text
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Reading Enter search text, Type in text
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Tabbing Enter search text, edit, type in text
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Reading Enter search text, edit
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Tabbing Enter search text, edit
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Reading Edit box, enter search text
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Tabbing Enter search text, edit box
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Reading Enter search text, edit text
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Tabbing Enter search text, edit text
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Reading Enter search text, edit text
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Tabbing Enter search text, edit text
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 Reading Enter search text, edit text
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 Tabbing Enter search text, edit text
OK VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1Touch Enter search text, text field, double tap to edit
OK VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4Touch Enter search text, text field, double tap to edit
OK VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1Touch Enter search text, text field, double tap to edit
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Enter search text, edit
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Tabbing Forms mode, enter search text, blank line, edit
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Readingno label read out Editable text, blank
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Tabbingreads previous heading instead of label Aria-Label, Editable text, blank

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Test notes

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: