Layout table with single cell Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 1 screen reader / browser combinations

Code used for this test:


        <table>
          <tbody>
            <tr>
              <td>This is some text</td>
            </tr>
          </tbody>
        </table>
    

Change History

Last updated: September 5, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak This is some text.
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak This is some text.
OK NVDA 2015.2FF41 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak This is some text.
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak This is some text.
OK NVDA 2012.3FF32 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak This is some text.
OK NVDA 2012.3IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak This is some text.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak This is some text.
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak This is some text.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF41 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak This is some text.
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak This is some text.
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF31 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak This is some text.
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak This is some text.
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak This is some text.
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak This is some text.
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak This is some text.
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 9.0.1 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak This is some text.
OK VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak This is some text.
OK VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak This is some text.
OK VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak This is some text.
OK VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak This is some text.
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 ReadingTreated as a layout table. Speak Normal, this is some text.
Fail SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 ReadingTreated as data table. Speak Entering table, this is some text. Leaving table.

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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: