OBJECT with ARIA-LABEL attribute Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 18 screen reader / browser combinations

WCAG Technique: ARIA6

Code used for this test:


        <object aria-label='ARIA label for object' data='startstop_movieclips.swf' type='application/x-shockwave-flash'>
        </object>
    

Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
Fail NVDA 2016.2FF48 ReadingNothing voiced for object - no indication it exists
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 ReadingVoices ARIA-LABEL attribute Speak Embedded object, ARIA label for object
Fail NVDA 2015.2FF41 ReadingNo description of non-text content Speak Button. A plugin is needed to display this content. Button, hide plugin.
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingVoices ARIA-LABEL attribute Speak Embedded object, ARIA label for object
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingNothing voiced for object - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 ReadingNo description of non-text content Speak Flash start. Start button. Stop button. Flash end.
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350FF41 ReadingNothing voiced for object - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 ReadingNo description of non-text content Speak Flash start. Start button. Stop button. Flash end.
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023FF38 ReadingNothing voiced for object - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 ReadingNo description of non-text content Speak Flash start. Start button. Stop button. Flash end.
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF38 ReadingNothing voiced for object - no indication it exists
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 ReadingNo description of non-text content Speak Flash start. Start button. Stop button. Flash end.
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF38 Reading Speak Flash start. Aria label for object button. Flash end.
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 ReadingNo description of non-text content Speak Flash start. Start button. Stop button. Flash end.
Fail WindowEyes 9.2IE11 ReadingNothing voiced for object - no indication it exists
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingVoices ARIA-LABEL attribute Speak ARIA label for object. Start button. Stop button.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingNothing voiced for object - no indication it exists
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 8.0.6 ReadingNothing voiced for object - no indication it exists Speak Newline
Fail VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1TouchNothing voiced for object - no indication it exists
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.3Safari iOS 8.3TouchNothing voiced for object - no indication it exists
Fail Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 ReadingNo description of non-text content Speak Object, start button. Stop button.
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 ReadingNo description of non-text content Speak Start of Flash Player. Button, start. Button, stop. End of Flash player.

SortSite rules: AccWcag1-1.1.11 AccWcag2-F30-1

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: