APPLET inside FIGURE with FIGCAPTION element Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 1 screen reader / browser combinations

Code used for this test:


        
        <figure>
            <applet code='appletComponentArch.DynamicTreeApplet' archive='https://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/deployment/applet/examples/dist/applet_ComponentArch_DynamicTreeDemo/DynamicTreeDemo.jar' width='300' height='300'>
                <param name='permissions' value='sandbox'></param>
            </applet>
            <figcaption>Figure caption for applet</figcaption>
        </figure>
    

Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Reading Speak Clickable button. A plugin is needed to display this content. Button, hide plugin. Figure caption for applet.
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 ReadingFIGCAPTION is read out. Speak Embedded object. Figure caption for applet
OK NVDA 2015.2FF38 Reading Speak Embedded object, clickable. Figure caption for applet
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingFIGCAPTION is read out. Speak Embedded object. Figure caption for applet
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingNothing voiced - caption not read, and applet ignored
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Reading Speak Figure caption for applet
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF41 Reading Speak Group start, figure caption for applet. Figure caption for applet. Group end.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Reading Speak Figure caption for applet
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF38 Reading Speak Group start, figure caption for applet. Figure caption for applet. Group end.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Reading Speak Figure caption for applet
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF38 Reading Speak Group start, figure caption for applet. Figure caption for applet. Group end.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Reading Speak Figure caption for applet
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF38 Reading Speak Group start, figure caption for applet. Figure caption for applet. Group end
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Reading Speak Figure caption for applet
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Reading Speak Figure, figure caption for applet
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Reading Speak Figure caption for applet
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Reading Speak Figure caption for applet
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Reading Speak Newline. Figure caption for applet
OK VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1Touch Speak Figure caption for applet
OK VoiceOver iOS 8.3Safari iOS 8.3Touch Speak Figure caption for applet
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Speak Normal, figure caption for applet
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Reading Speak Figure caption for applet

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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: