Data table with role note Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: causes problems in some screen readers

Actual Result: causes problems in 21 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:


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

Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
Fail NVDA 2016.2FF48 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Speak Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Reading Speak 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 2015.2FF41 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Speak Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Reading Speak 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 2014.1FF31 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Speak Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 Reading Speak 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 2012.3FF32 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Speak Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail NVDA 2012.3IE11 ReadingTreated as data table, but no headers read out. Speak Table with two rows, row one column one, morning. Column two afternoon. Row two, column one, free. Column two, busy.
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Speak Note. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Speak Note. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350FF41 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Speak Note. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Speak Note. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023FF31 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Speak Note. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Speak Note. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF31 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Speak Note. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Speak Note. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF31 Reading Speak Table 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).
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Speak Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail WindowEyes 9.2IE11 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Speak Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 Reading Speak Table three start, two rows, two columns. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Speak Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 9.0.1 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Speak Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Speak Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Speak Morning, afternoon. Free, busy.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Speak Morning, afternoon. Free, busy.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Speak Morning, afternoon. Free, busy.
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Speak 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.
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Reading Speak Entering table, morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy. Leaving table.

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: