AUDIO with no description Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: causes problems in some screen readers

Actual Result: causes problems in 22 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:


        <audio>
            <source type='audio/mp3' src='harpsicord.mp3'></source>
        </audio>
    

Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
Fail NVDA 2016.2FF48 ReadingNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists
Fail NVDA 2016.2IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists
Fail NVDA 2015.2FF38 ReadingNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350FF41 ReadingNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023FF38 ReadingNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF38 ReadingNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF38 ReadingNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 ReadingNo description of non-text content Speak Audio start. Group start audio. Group end. Audio end.
Fail WindowEyes 9.2IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 ReadingNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists
Fail VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1TouchNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.3Safari iOS 8.3TouchNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists
Fail Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for audio - no indication it exists

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: