Data table with role presentation Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: October 16, 2016

Expected Result: causes problems in some screen readers

Actual Result: causes problems in 24 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.

This test shows what happens when tabular data (a free/busy schedule) has table semantics removed by incorrect application of role=presentation.

WCAG Failure: F92

Related tests: Layout table with role presentation

Code used for this test:


        <table role='presentation'>
          <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: October 16, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
Fail NVDA 2016.2FF48 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail NVDA 2016.2IE11 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail NVDA 2015.2FF41 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail NVDA 2014.1FF31 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail NVDA 2014.1IE11 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail NVDA 2012.3FF32 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK NVDA 2012.3IE11 ReadingPresentation role ignored - treated 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.
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Morning, afternoon, free, busy.
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350FF41 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023FF31 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF31 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail JAWS 13.0.852FF31 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail JAWS 13.0.852IE11 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail WindowEyes 9.2IE11 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingPresentation role ignored - treated as data table Table one 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Morning, afternoon. Free, busy.
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 ReadingPresentation role ignored - treated as data table 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 ReadingPresentation role ignored - treated as data table Entering table, morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy. Leaving table.

SortSite rules: AccWcag2-F92-1

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: