INPUT type=text inside blank LABEL Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: causes problems in some screen readers

Actual Result: causes problems in 49 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.

Code used for this test:


        <p>Previous element</p>
        <label>
        <input type='text'>
        </label>
    

Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
Fail NVDA 2016.2FF48 ReadingNo indication what control is for. Speak Clickable, edit auto complete
Fail NVDA 2016.2FF48 TabbingNo indication what control is for. Speak Edit auto complete, blank
Fail NVDA 2016.2IE11 ReadingNo indication what control is for. Speak Edit
Fail NVDA 2016.2IE11 TabbingNo indication what control is for. Speak Edit, blank
Fail NVDA 2015.2FF40 ReadingNo indication what control is for. Speak Edit auto complete
Fail NVDA 2015.2FF40 TabbingNo indication what control is for. Speak Edit auto complete, blank
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingNo indication what control is for. Speak Edit
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11 TabbingNo indication what control is for. Speak Edit, blank
Fail NVDA 2014.1FF29 ReadingNo indication what control is for. Speak Edit auto complete
Fail NVDA 2014.1FF29 TabbingNo indication what control is for. Speak Edit auto complete, blank
Fail NVDA 2014.1IE11 ReadingNo indication what control is for. Speak Edit
Fail NVDA 2014.1IE11 TabbingNo indication what control is for. Speak Edit, blank
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingNo indication what control is for. Speak Blank. Blank, edit, edit, type in text.
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 TabbingNo indication what control is for. Speak Tab, edit, type in text.
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 ReadingReads previous paragraph as label. Speak Edit, previous element, edit, type in text.
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 TabbingReads previous paragraph as label. Speak Previous element, edit in text
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 ReadingNo indication what control is for. Speak Blank, edit.
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 TabbingNo indication what control is for. Speak Tab, edit, type in text.
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 ReadingNo indication what control is for. Speak Edit
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 TabbingReads previous paragraph as label. Speak Previous element, type in text
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 ReadingNo indication what control is for. Speak Blank, edit.
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 TabbingText of previous element read as label. Often doesn't indicate what control is for. Speak Previous element, edit, type in text.
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 ReadingNo indication what control is for. Speak Blank
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 TabbingReads previous paragraph as label. Speak Previous element, type in text
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 ReadingNo indication what control is for. Speak Blank, edit.
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 TabbingNo indication what control is for. Speak Edit, type in text.
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 ReadingNo indication what control is for. Speak Blank
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 TabbingReads previous paragraph as label. Speak Previous element, type in text
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF29 ReadingNo information on what edit field is for. Speak Edit
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF29 TabbingNo information on what edit field is for. Speak Edit, type in text
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 ReadingNo information on what edit field is for. Speak Blank, type in text.
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 TabbingUses preceding text as label. Speak Previous element, blank, edit, type in text.
Fail WindowEyes 9.2IE11 ReadingNo information on what edit field is for. Speak Edit
Fail WindowEyes 9.2IE11 TabbingNo information on what edit field is for. Speak Edit
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingNo information on what edit field is for. Speak Edit box
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 TabbingNo information on what edit field is for. Speak Edit box
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingNo indication what text field is for. Speak Edit text, blank
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 TabbingNo indication what text field is for. Speak Edit text, blank
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 ReadingNo indication what text field is for. Speak Edit text, blank
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 TabbingNo indication what text field is for. Speak Edit text, blank
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingNo indication what text field is for. Speak Edit text, blank
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 TabbingNo indication what text field is for. Speak Edit text, blank
Fail VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1TouchNo indication what text field is for. Speak Text field, double-tap to edit
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4TouchNo indication what text field is for. Speak Text field, double-tap to edit
Fail VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1TouchNo indication what text field is for. Speak Text field, double-tap to edit
Fail Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 ReadingNothing indicates purpose of text field Speak Edit
Fail Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 TabbingNothing indicates purpose of text field Speak Forms mode, blank line, edit
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 ReadingNothing indicates purpose of text field Speak Editable text, blank
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 TabbingNothing indicates purpose of text field Speak Editable text, blank

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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: