Data table with role grid Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: October 16, 2016

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 8 screen reader / browser combinations

Code used for this test:


        <table role='grid'>
          <tbody>
            <tr>
              <th><strong>Morning</strong></th>
              <th><strong>Afternoon</strong></th>
            </tr>
            <tr>
              <td>Free</td>
              <td>Busy</td>
            </tr>
          </tbody>
        </table>
    

Reliability Trend

This graph shows reliability over time for this code in NVDA, JAWS, WindowEyes and Voiceover. Other screen readers don't have enough historical data yet to plot trends.

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Change History

Last updated: October 16, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Reading Table with two rows and two columns, row one column one, morning. Column two afternoon. Row two, morning, column one, free. Afternoon, column two, busy.
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Reading Table with two rows and two columns, row one column one, morning. Column two afternoon. Row two, morning, column one, free. Afternoon, column two, busy.
OK NVDA 2015.2FF41 Reading Table with two rows and two columns, row one column one, morning. Column two afternoon. Row two, morning, column one, free. Afternoon, column two, busy.
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Reading Table with two rows and two columns, row one column one, morning. Column two afternoon. Row two, morning, column one, free. Afternoon, column two, busy.
OK NVDA 2014.1FF31 Reading Table with two rows and two columns, row one column one, morning. Column two afternoon. Row two, morning, column one, free. Afternoon, column two, busy.
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 Reading Table with two rows and two columns, row one column one, morning. Column two afternoon. Row two, morning, column one, free. Afternoon, column two, busy.
OK NVDA 2012.3FF32 Reading Table with two rows and two columns, row one column one, morning. Column two afternoon. Row two, morning, column one, free. Afternoon, column two, busy.
Fail NVDA 2012.3IE11 ReadingTreated as data table, but no headers read out. Table with two rows, row one column one, morning. Column two afternoon. Row two, column one, free. Column two, busy.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingText in brackets is only spoken when Ctrl+Alt+Numpad+5 pressed. Grid with two columns and two rows. Morning (column one, row one, morning). Afternoon (column two, row one, morning, afternoon). Free (column one, row two, morning, free). Busy (column two, row two, afternoon, busy). Grid end.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 ReadingText in brackets is only spoken when Ctrl+Alt+Numpad+5 pressed. Grid with two columns and two rows. Morning (column one, row one, morning). Afternoon (column two, row one, morning, afternoon). Free (column one, row two, morning, free). Busy (column two, row two, afternoon, busy). Grid end.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF41 ReadingText in brackets is only spoken when Ctrl+Alt+Numpad+5 pressed. Grid with two columns and two rows. Morning (column one, row one, morning). Afternoon (column two, row one, morning, afternoon). Free (column one, row two, morning, free). Busy (column two, row two, afternoon, busy). Grid end.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 ReadingText in brackets is only spoken when Ctrl+Alt+Numpad+5 pressed. Grid with two columns and two rows. Morning (column one, row one, morning). Afternoon (column two, row one, morning, afternoon). Free (column one, row two, morning, free). Busy (column two, row two, afternoon, busy). Grid end.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF31 ReadingText in brackets is only spoken when Ctrl+Alt+Numpad+5 pressed. Editable grid with two columns and two rows. Morning (column one, row one, morning). Afternoon (column two, row one, afternoon). Free (column one, row two, morning, free). Busy (column two, row two, afternoon, busy). Grid end.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 ReadingText in brackets is only spoken when Ctrl+Alt+Numpad+5 pressed. Grid with two columns and two rows. Morning (column one, row one, morning). Afternoon (column two, row one, afternoon). Free (column one, row two, morning, free). Busy (column two, row two, afternoon, busy). Grid end.
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF31 ReadingWhen reading header rows, the TH for the first column is read along with the TH from the current column (e.g. Morning, afternoon) when Ctrl+Alt+Numpad+5 pressed Editable grid with two columns and two rows. Morning (column one, row one, morning). Afternoon (column two, row one, morning, afternoon). Free (column one, row two, morning, free). Busy (column two, row two, afternoon, busy). Grid end.
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 ReadingWhen reading header rows, the TH for the first column is read along with the TH from the current column (e.g. Morning, afternoon) when Ctrl+Alt+Numpad+5 pressed Grid with two columns and two rows. Morning (column one, row one, morning). Afternoon (column two, row one, morning, afternoon). Free (column one, row two, morning, free). Busy (column two, row two, afternoon, busy). Grid end.
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF31 ReadingTreated as layout table. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 ReadingWhen reading header rows, the TH for the first column is read along with the TH from the current column (e.g. Morning, afternoon) when Ctrl+Alt+Numpad+5 pressed Editable grid with two columns and two rows. Morning (column one, row one, morning). Afternoon (column two, row one, morning, afternoon). Free (column one, row two, morning, free). Busy (column two, row two, afternoon, busy). Grid end.
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 ReadingAnnounces TH headers when Ins-arrow-key table navigation used Grid, two rows, two columns, morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Reading Table two start, two rows, two columns. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Reading Table, 2 columns, 2 rows. Morning, column 1 of 2. Afternoon. Row 2 of 2, morning, free, column 1 of 2. Afternoon, busy, column 2 of 2.
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 9.0.1 Reading Table, 2 columns, 2 rows. Morning, column 1 of 2. Afternoon. Row 2 of 2, morning, free, column 1 of 2. Afternoon, busy, column 2 of 2.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingCannot read cells Table, zero columns, zero rows.
OK VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1 Reading Morning, table start. Afernoon. Free. Busy, table end.
OK VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4 Reading Morning, table start. Afernoon. Free. Busy, table end.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1 ReadingTable and contents completely ignored.
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Table two rows, two columns, morning, column one, row one. Afternoon, column two, row one. Free, column one, row two. Busy, column two, row two.
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 ReadingTable and contents completely ignored.

Test notes

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: