Image MAP with no NAME attribute Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: causes problems in some screen readers

Actual Result: causes problems in 26 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:


        <img src='1234.png' alt='this is alt text' usemap='#area_alt_map1'>
        <map id='area_alt_map1'>
        <area alt='this is left alt text' coords='0,0,100,100' href='left_arrow.htm' target='frame1'></area>
        <area alt='this is right alt text' coords='200,0,300,100' href='right_arrow.htm' target='frame1'></area>
        </map>
    

Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
Fail NVDA 2016.2FF48 ReadingNo indication AREA links exist Speak Graphic, this is alt text, this is alt text
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Tabbing Speak This is left alt text, link. This is right alt text, link
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Reading Speak Graphic, this is alt text, link, this is left alt text, link, this is right alt text
Fail NVDA 2016.2IE11 TabbingComplete silence when tabbing between AREAs.
Fail NVDA 2015.2FF41 ReadingNo indication AREA links exist Speak Graphic, this is alt text, this is alt text
OK NVDA 2015.2FF41 Tabbing Speak This is left alt text, link. This is right alt text, link
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Reading Speak Graphic, this is alt text, link, this is left alt text, link, this is right alt text
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11 TabbingComplete silence when tabbing between AREAs.
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 Reading Speak graphic, this is alt text, link, this is left alt text, link, this is right alt text
Fail NVDA 2014.1FF28 Tabbingsilent for second tab onto second area Speak This is alt text, link, this is left alt text, link, this is right alt text, graphic - all read for 1st link
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 Reading Speak graphic, this is alt text, link, this is left alt text, link, this is right alt text
Fail NVDA 2014.1IE11 TabbingSilence when tabbing to AREA links - no indication of image map role or name
OK NVDA 2012.1FF28 Reading Speak graphic, this is alt text, link, this is left alt text, link, this is right alt text
Fail NVDA 2012.1FF28 Tabbingsilent for second tab onto second area Speak This is alt text, link, this is left alt text, link, this is right alt text, graphic - all read for 1st link
OK NVDA 2012.3IE11 Reading Speak graphic, this is alt text, link, this is left alt text, link, this is right alt text
Fail NVDA 2012.3IE11 TabbingSilence when tabbing to AREA links -no indication of image map role or name
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingNo link role read out - no indication graphics are links. Speak Graphic, this is alt text. Graphic, this is left alt text. Graphic, this is right alt text.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Tabbing Speak This is alt text, graphic, this is left alt text, image map. This is right alt text, image map
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Reading Speak Graphic, this is alt text. Image map link, this is left alt text. Image map link, this is right alt text
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Tabbing Speak This is left alt text, image map link. This is right alt text, image map link
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350FF41 ReadingNo link role read out - no indication graphics are links. Speak Graphic, this is left alt text, this is right alt text. Graphic, this is left alt text. Graphic, this is right alt text
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF41 Tabbing Speak This is alt text, graphic, this is left alt text, image map. This is right alt text, image map
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Reading Speak Graphic, this is alt text. Image map link, this is left alt text. Image map link, this is right alt text
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Tabbing Speak This is left alt text, image map link. This is right alt text, image map link
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 ReadingNo link role read out - no indication graphics are links. Speak Graphic, this is left alt text, this is right alt text. Graphic, this is left alt text. Graphic, this is right alt text
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Tabbingsilence for second tab Speak This is left alt text, this is right alt text, image map
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Reading Speak Graphic, this is alt text. Image map link, this is left alt text. Image map link, this is right alt text
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Tabbing Speak This is left alt text, image map link. This is right alt text, image map link
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 ReadingNo link role read out - no indication graphics are links Speak Graphic, this is left alt text, this is right alt text. Graphic, this is left alt text. Graphic, this is right alt text
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Tabbingsilence for second tab Speak This is left alt text, this is right alt text, image map
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Reading Speak graphic, this is alt text, image map link, this is left alt text, image map link, this is right alt text
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Tabbing Speak This is left alt text, image map link, this is right alt text, image map link
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF28 Readingno indication of image map links Speak graphic, this is alt text
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF28 Tabbingwrong alt read out when tabbing Speak This is alt text, graphic, for first area, silence for second area
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Reading Speak graphic, this is alt text, image map link, this is left alt text, image map link, this is right alt text
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Tabbing Speak This is left alt text, image map link, this is right alt text, image map link
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Reading Speak This is alt text. Link, this is left alt text. Link, this is right alt text
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Tabbing Speak Link, this is left alt text. Link, this is right alt text
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Reading Speak This is alt text, link, this is left alt text, link, this is right alt text
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 TabbingSilence when tabbing to AREA links - no indication of image map role or name
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingVoiceOver does not recognize image maps correctly unless the map has a name attribute. Speak This is alt text, image map. Interact with: this is alt text, image map, content is empty.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 TabbingSkipped when tabbing. VoiceOver does not recognize image maps correctly unless the map has a name attribute.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 ReadingVoiceOver does not recognize image maps correctly unless the map has a name attribute. Speak This is alt text, image map. Interact with: this is alt text, image map, content is empty.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 TabbingSkipped when tabbing. VoiceOver does not recognize image maps correctly unless the map has a name attribute.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingVoiceOver does not recognize image maps correctly unless the map has a name attribute. Speak This is alt text, image map. Interact with: this is alt text, image map, content is empty.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 TabbingSkipped when tabbing. VoiceOver does not recognize image maps correctly unless the map has a name attribute.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1TouchVoiceOver does not recognize image maps correctly unless the map has a name attribute. Speak This is alt text
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4TouchVoiceOver does not recognize image maps correctly unless the map has a name attribute. Speak This is alt text
Fail VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1TouchVoiceOver does not recognize image maps correctly unless the map has a name attribute. Speak This is alt text
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Speak This is alt text. This is left alt text, link. This is right alt text, link.
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Tabbing Speak This is left alt text, link. This is right alt text, link
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Reading Speak link, this is left alt text, link, this is right alt text
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Tabbing Speak This is left alt text, link, this is right alt text, link

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: