EMBED inside FIGURE with FIGCAPTION 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:


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            <embed type='video/mp4' src='http://techslides.com/demos/sample-videos/small.mp4' width='100' height='100'></embed>
            <figcaption>Figure caption for embed</figcaption>
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Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Reading Speak Iframe, button play. Button mute. Out of iframe. Figure caption for embed.
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 ReadingReads out FIGCAPTION Speak Embedded object, unnamed_view_0. Figure caption for embed.
OK NVDA 2015.2FF38 ReadingReads out FIGCAPTION Speak Blank, figure caption for embed.
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingReads out FIGCAPTION Speak Embedded object, unnamed_view_0. Figure caption for embed.
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingEmbed object filename read out, figure caption not read. Speak Small dot MP4 frame. Video start. Play button. Mute button. Video end. Small dot MP4 frame end.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Reading Speak Figure caption for embed
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF41 Reading Speak Group start, figure caption for embed Figure caption for embed Group end.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Reading Speak Figure caption for embed
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF38 Reading Speak Group start, figure caption for embed Figure caption for embed Group end.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Reading Speak Figure caption for embed
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF38 Reading Speak Group start, figure caption for embed Figure caption for embed Group end.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Reading Speak Figure caption for embed
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF38 Reading Speak Group start, figure caption for embed. Figure caption for embed. Group end
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Reading Speak Figure caption for embed
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 ReadingFIGCAPTION read out Speak Figure, figure caption for embed.
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingFIGCAPTION read out Speak Unnamed 2 button. Slider. Play button. Stop button. Previous button. Rewind button. Fast forward button. Next button. Mute button. Slider. Show. Title. Author. Copyright. Quality icon button. Stopped, read-only, edit box metadata. Figure caption for embed.
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Reading Speak Figure caption for embed
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 Reading Speak Newline. Figure caption for embed
OK VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1Touch Speak Start playback, button. Figure caption for embed
OK VoiceOver iOS 8.3Safari iOS 8.3Touch Speak Start playback, button. Figure caption for embed
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Speak Normal, figure caption for embed
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Reading Speak Figure caption for embed

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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: