Data table with role rowheader headers but no TH Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: October 16, 2016

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 15 screen reader / browser combinations

Code used for this test:


        <table>
        <tbody role='rowgroup'>
            <tr role='row'>
            <td class='col1' role='rowheader'>Morning</td>
            <td class='col1' role='rowheader'>Afternoon</td>
            </tr>
            <tr role='row'>
            <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
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 2012.1FF31 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
Fail NVDA 2012.1IE11 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingReads cell headers using Ctrl+Alt+5 Table with two columns and two rows. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 ReadingReads cell headers using Ctrl+Alt+5 Table with two columns and two rows. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF41 ReadingReads cell headers using Ctrl+Alt+5 Table with two columns and two rows. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 ReadingReads cell headers using Ctrl+Alt+5 Table with two columns and two rows. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF31 ReadingReads cell headers using Ctrl+Alt+5 Table with two columns and two rows. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 ReadingReads cell headers using Ctrl+Alt+5 Table with two columns and two rows. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF31 ReadingReads cell headers using Ctrl+Alt+5 Table with two columns and two rows. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 ReadingReads cell headers using Ctrl+Alt+5 Table with two columns and two rows. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF31 ReadingReads cell headers using Ctrl+Alt+5 Table with two columns and two rows. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 ReadingReads cell headers using Ctrl+Alt+5 Table with two columns and two rows. Morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11TableDefaults to reading top row TD cells as headers if no TH in same column. Table, two rows, two columns, morning. Afternoon. Morning, free. Afternoon, busy.
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11TableDefaults to reading top row TD cells as headers if no TH in same column. Table twelve, two rows, two columns (table twelve, one R one C, entering body, morning). Morning. Afternoon. Morning, free. Afternoon, busy.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingTreats as layout table, and doesn't read cells in second column. Morning, morning. Free
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 9.0.1 ReadingTreats as layout table, and doesn't read cells in second column. Morning, morning. Free
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingTreats as layout table, and doesn't read cells in second column. Morning. Free
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.
Fail Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 ReadingTable treated as layout table - not announced as table, and no headers read. Normal, morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Reading Entering table, morning. Afternoon. Free. Busy.

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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: