Data table with SUMMARY but no TH Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: October 16, 2016

Expected Result: causes problems in some screen readers

Actual Result: causes problems in 29 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 summary='Data table summary'>
          <tbody>
            <tr>
              <td><strong>Morning</strong></td>
              <td><strong>Afternoon</strong></td>
            </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 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out. Table with two rows and two columns, data table summary. Row one column one, morning. Column two afternoon. Row two column one, free. Column two, busy.
Fail NVDA 2016.2IE11 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out. Table with two rows and two columns, data table summary. Row one column one, morning. Column two afternoon. Row two column one, free. Column two, busy.
Fail NVDA 2015.2FF41 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out. Table with two rows and two columns, data table summary. Row one column one, morning. Column two afternoon. Row two column one, free. Column two, busy.
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out. Table with two rows and two columns, data table summary. Row one column one, morning. Column two afternoon. Row two column one, free. Column two, busy.
Fail NVDA 2014.1FF31 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out. Table with two rows and two columns, data table summary. Row one column one, morning. Column two afternoon. Row two column one, free. Column two, busy.
Fail NVDA 2014.1IE11 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out. Table with two rows and two columns, data table summary. Row one column one, morning. Column two afternoon. Row two column one, free. Column two, busy.
Fail NVDA 2012.3FF32 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out. Table with two rows and two columns, data table summary. Row one column one, morning. Column two afternoon. Row two column one, free. Column two, busy.
Fail NVDA 2012.3IE11 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out. Table with two rows, data table summary. Row one column one, morning. Column two afternoon. Row two column one, free. Column two, busy.
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out when Ctrl+Alt+Numpad+5 keyed. Summary colon, data table summary. Table with two columns and two rows. Morning (column one, row one, morning). Afternoon (column two, row one, afternoon). Free (column one, row two, free). Busy (column two, row two, busy).
Fail JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out when Ctrl+Alt+Numpad+5 keyed. Summary colon, data table summary. Table with two columns and two rows. Morning (column one, row one, morning). Afternoon (column two, row one, afternoon). Free (column one, row two, free). Busy (column two, row two, busy).
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350FF41 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out when Ctrl+Alt+Numpad+5 keyed. Summary colon, data table summary. Table with two columns and two rows. Morning (column one, row one, morning). Afternoon (column two, row one, afternoon). Free (column one, row two, free). Busy (column two, row two, busy).
Fail JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out when Ctrl+Alt+Numpad+5 keyed. Summary colon, data table summary. Table with two columns and two rows. Morning (column one, row one, morning). Afternoon (column two, row one, afternoon). Free (column one, row two, free). Busy (column two, row two, busy).
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023FF31 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out when Ctrl+Alt+Numpad+5 keyed. Summary colon, data table summary. Table with two columns and two rows. Morning (column one, row one, morning). Afternoon (column two, row one, afternoon). Free (column one, row two, free). Busy (column two, row two, busy).
Fail JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out when Ctrl+Alt+Numpad+5 keyed. Summary colon, data table summary. Table with two columns and two rows. Morning (column one, row one, morning). Afternoon (column two, row one, afternoon). Free (column one, row two, free). Busy (column two, row two, busy).
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF31 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out when Ctrl+Alt+Numpad+5 keyed. Summary colon, data table summary. Table with two columns and two rows. Morning (column one, row one, morning). Afternoon (column two, row one, afternoon). Free (column one, row two, free). Busy (column two, row two, busy).
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out when Ctrl+Alt+Numpad+5 keyed. Summary colon, data table summary. Table with two columns and two rows. Morning (column one, row one, morning). Afternoon (column two, row one, afternoon). Free (column one, row two, free). Busy (column two, row two, busy).
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11Table Table, data table summary, 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 eight, data table summary, two rows, two columns (table eight, data table summary, one R one C, morning). Morning. Afternoon. Morning, free. Afternoon, busy.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out. Table two columns, two rows, data table summary. Morning, column one of two. Afternoon. Row two of two, free. Busy.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 9.0.1 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out. Table two columns, two rows. Morning, column one of two. Afternoon. Row two of two, free. Busy.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.9Safari 7.0.3 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out. Table two columns, two rows. Morning, column one of two. Column two of two, afternoon. Row two of two, column one of two, free. Column two of two, busy.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out. Morning, table start. Afternoon. Free. Busy, table end.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out. Morning, table start. Afternoon. Free. Busy, table end.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1 ReadingRecognized as data table, but no column headers are read out. Morning, table start. Afternoon. Free. Busy. Table end.
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. Leaving table.

SortSite rules: AccWcag1-5.1.1 AccWcag1-5.5.1

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: