A link TARGET opens in new window Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: causes problems in some screen readers

Actual Result: causes problems in 23 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.

WCAG Failure: F22

Code used for this test:


        <a href='http://www.example.com' target='_blank'>Example</a>
    

Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
Fail NVDA 2016.2FF48 TabbingNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, or that one has opened after clicking link. Speak Example, link
Fail NVDA 2016.2IE11 TabbingNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, or that one has opened after clicking link. Speak Example, link
Fail NVDA 2015.2FF41 TabbingNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, or that one has opened after clicking link. Speak Example, link
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11 TabbingNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, or that one has opened after clicking link. Speak Example, link
Fail NVDA 2014.1FF29 TabbingNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, or that one has opened after clicking link. Speak Example, link
Fail NVDA 2014.1IE11 TabbingNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, or that one has opened after clicking link. Speak Example, link
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 TabbingNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, or that one has opened after clicking link. Speak Example, link
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 TabbingNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, says "new tab page" after link clicked. Speak Example, link. New tab page.
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350FF41 TabbingNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, or that one has opened after clicking link. Speak Example, link
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 TabbingNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, says "new tab link" first time link clicked (but not on subsequent clicks). Speak Example, link. New tab page.
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 TabbingNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, or that one has opened after clicking link. Speak Example, link
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 TabbingNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, or that one has opened after clicking link. Speak Example, link
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 TabbingNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, or that one has opened after clicking link. Speak Example, link
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 TabbingNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, says "new tab link" first time link clicked. Speak Example, link. New tab link.
Fail WindowEyes 9.2IE11 TabbingNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, or that one has opened after clicking link. Speak Link, example
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 TabbingNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, or that one has opened after clicking link. Speak Link, example
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 TabbingNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, or that one has opened after clicking link. Speak Link, example
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 9.0.1 TabbingNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, or that one has opened after clicking link. Speak Example, link
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 TabbingNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, or that one has opened after clicking link. Speak Example, link
Fail VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1TouchNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, or that one has opened after clicking link. Speak Example, link
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4TouchNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, or that one has opened after clicking link. Speak Example, link
Fail VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1TouchNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, or that one has opened after clicking link. Speak Example, link
Fail Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 TabbingNo indication a new window will open before clicking link, or that one has opened after clicking link. Speak Normal, example link

SortSite rules: AccWcag1-10.1.2

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: