Data table with TH row/columns headers without SCOPE Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: October 16, 2016

Expected Result: causes problems in some screen readers

Actual Result: causes problems in 13 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 border='1'>
        <caption>Contact Information</caption>
        <tr>
            <td></td>
            <th>Name</th>
            <th>Phone#</th>
            <th>Fax#</th>
            <th>City</th>
        </tr><tr>
            <td>1.</td>
            <th>Joel Garner</th>
            <td>412-212-5421</td>
            <td>412-212-5400</td>
            <td>Pittsburgh</td>
        </tr><tr>
            <td>2.</td>
            <th>Clive Lloyd</th>
            <td>410-306-1420</td>
            <td>410-306-5400</td>
            <td>Baltimore</td>
        </tr><tr>
            <td>3.</td>
            <th>Gordon Greenidge</th>
            <td>281-564-6720</td>
            <td>281-511-6600</td>
            <td>Houston</td>
        </tr>
        </table>
    

Change History

Last updated: October 16, 2016

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
Fail NVDA 2016.2FF48 ReadingColumn headers, but no row headers, announced for TD cells. Table with 4 rows and 5 columns, contact information. Row 1, column 1. Column 2, name. Column 3, phone number. Column 4, fax number. Column 5, city. Row 2, column 1, one. Name, column 2, Joel Garner. Phone number, column 3, 412 212 5421. Fax number, column 4, 412 212 5400. City, column 5, Pittsburgh
Fail NVDA 2016.2IE11 ReadingColumn headers, but no row headers, announced for TD cells. Table with 4 rows and 5 columns, contact information. Row 1, column 1. Column 2, name. Column 3, phone number. Column 4, fax number. Column 5, city. Row 2, column 1, one. Name, column 2, Joel Garner. Phone number, column 3, 412 212 5421. Fax number, column 4, 412 212 5400. City, column 5, Pittsburgh
Fail NVDA 2015.2FF41 ReadingColumn headers, but no row headers, announced for TD cells. Table with 4 rows and 5 columns, contact information. Row 1, column 1. Column 2, name. Column 3, phone. Column 4, fax. Column 5, city. Row 2, column 1, one. Name, column 2, Joel Garner. Phone, column 3, 412 212 5421. Fax, column 4, 412 212 5400. City, column 5, Pittsburgh
Fail NVDA 2015.2IE11 ReadingColumn headers, but no row headers, announced for TD cells. Table with 4 rows and 5 columns, contact information. Row 1, column 1. Column 2, name. Column 3, phone. Column 4, fax. Column 5, city. Row 2, column 1, one. Name, column 2, Joel Garner. Phone, column 3, 412 212 5421. Fax, column 4, 412 212 5400. City, column 5, Pittsburgh
Fail NVDA 2014.1FF41 ReadingColumn headers, but no row headers, announced for TD cells. Table with 4 rows and 5 columns, contact information. Row 1, column 1. Column 2, name. Column 3, phone. Column 4, fax. Column 5, city. Row 2, column 1, one. Name, column 2, Joel Garner. Phone, column 3, 412 212 5421. Fax, column 4, 412 212 5400. City, column 5, Pittsburgh
Fail NVDA 2014.1IE11 ReadingColumn headers, but no row headers, announced for TD cells. Table with 4 rows and 5 columns, contact information. Row 1, column 1. Column 2, name. Column 3, phone. Column 4, fax. Column 5, city. Row 2, column 1, one. Name, column 2, Joel Garner. Phone, column 3, 412 212 5421. Fax, column 4, 412 212 5400. City, column 5, Pittsburgh
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 ReadingRow header read out along with column header for cells (same result with and without scope). Table with 5 columns and 4 rows. Contact information. Blank (column 1, row 1, blank). Name (column 2, row 1, name). Phone number (column 3, row 1, phone number). Fax number (column 4, row 1, fax number). City (column 5, row 1, city). One (column 1, row 2, one). Joel Garner (column 2, row 2, name, Joel Garner). 412 212 5421 (column 3, row 2, phone number, Joel Garner, 412 212 5421). 412 212 5400 (column 4, row 2, fax number, Joel Garner, 412 212 5400). Pittsburgh (column 5, row 2, city, Joel Garner, Pittsburgh)
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 ReadingRow header read out along with column header for cells (scope only affects voicing the cell on which scope is place). Table with 5 columns and 4 rows. Contact information. Blank (column 1, row 1, blank). Name (column 2, row 1, name). Phone number (column 3, row 1, phone number). Fax number (column 4, row 1, fax number). City (column 5, row 1, city). One (column 1, row 2, one). Joel Garner (column 2, row 2, Joel Garner). 412 212 5421 (column 3, row 2, phone number, Joel Garner, 412 212 5421). 412 212 5400 (column 4, row 2, fax number, Joel Garner, 412 212 5400). Pittsburgh (column 5, row 2, city, Joel Garner, Pittsburgh)
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF41 ReadingRow header read out along with column header for cells (same result with and without scope). Table with 5 columns and 4 rows. Contact information. Blank (column 1, row 1, blank). Name (column 2, row 1, name). Phone number (column 3, row 1, phone number). Fax number (column 4, row 1, fax number). City (column 5, row 1, city). One (column 1, row 2, one). Joel Garner (column 2, row 2, name, Joel Garner). 412 212 5421 (column 3, row 2, phone number, Joel Garner, 412 212 5421). 412 212 5400 (column 4, row 2, fax number, Joel Garner, 412 212 5400). Pittsburgh (column 5, row 2, city, Joel Garner, Pittsburgh)
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 ReadingRow header read out along with column header for cells (scope only affects voicing the cell on which scope is place). Table with 5 columns and 4 rows. Contact information. Blank (column 1, row 1, blank). Name (column 2, row 1, name). Phone number (column 3, row 1, phone number). Fax number (column 4, row 1, fax number). City (column 5, row 1, city). One (column 1, row 2, one). Joel Garner (column 2, row 2, Joel Garner). 412 212 5421 (column 3, row 2, phone number, Joel Garner, 412 212 5421). 412 212 5400 (column 4, row 2, fax number, Joel Garner, 412 212 5400). Pittsburgh (column 5, row 2, city, Joel Garner, Pittsburgh)
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF41 ReadingRow header read out along with column header for cells (same result with and without scope). Table with 5 columns and 4 rows. Contact information. Blank (column 1, row 1, blank). Name (column 2, row 1, name). Phone number (column 3, row 1, phone number). Fax number (column 4, row 1, fax number). City (column 5, row 1, city). One (column 1, row 2, one). Joel Garner (column 2, row 2, name, Joel Garner). 412 212 5421 (column 3, row 2, phone, Joel Garner, 412 212 5421). 412 212 5400 (column 4, row 2, fax, Joel Garner, 412 212 5400). Pittsburgh (column 5, row 2, city, Joel Garner, Pittsburgh)
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 ReadingRow header read out along with column header for cells (scope only affects voicing the cell on which scope is place). Table with 5 columns and 4 rows. Contact information. Blank (column 1, row 1, blank). Name (column 2, row 1, name). Phone number (column 3, row 1, phone number). Fax number (column 4, row 1, fax number). City (column 5, row 1, city). One (column 1, row 2, one). Joel Garner (column 2, row 2, Joel Garner). 412 212 5421 (column 3, row 2, phone number, Joel Garner, 412 212 5421). 412 212 5400 (column 4, row 2, fax number, Joel Garner, 412 212 5400). Pittsburgh (column 5, row 2, city, Joel Garner, Pittsburgh)
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002FF41 ReadingAll preceding TH cells read each time Ctrl+Alt+Numpad+5 pressed for a TH cell. Table with 5 columns and 4 rows. Contact information. Blank (column 1, row 1, blank). Name (column 2, row 1, name). Phone number (column 3, row 1, name, phone number). Fax number (column 4, row 1, name, phone, fax number). City (column 5, row 1, name, phone, fax, city). One (column 1, row 2, one). Joel Garner (column 2, row 2, name, Joel Garner). 412 212 5421 (column 3, row 2, phone, Joel Garner, 412 212 5421). 412 212 5400 (column 4, row 2, fax, Joel Garner, 412 212 5400). Pittsburgh (column 5, row 2, city, Joel Garner, Pittsburgh)
Fail JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 ReadingAll preceding TH cells read each time Ctrl+Alt+Numpad+5 pressed for a TH cell. Table with 5 columns and 4 rows. Contact information. Blank (column 1, row 1, blank). Name (column 2, row 1, name). Phone number (column 3, row 1, name, phone number). Fax number (column 4, row 1, name phone number, fax number). City (column 5, row 1, name phone number fax number, city). One (column 1, row 2, one). Joel Garner (column 2, row 2, name, Joel Garner). 412 212 5421 (column 3, row 2, phone number, Joel Garner, 412 212 5421). 412 212 5400 (column 4, row 2, fax number, Joel Garner, 412 212 5400). Pittsburgh (column 5, row 2, city, Joel Garner, Pittsburgh)
Fail WindowEyes 9.2IE11 ReadingNo TH headers read for any cells. Table, 4 rows, 5 columns, contact information. Name. Phone. Fax. City. One. Joel Garner. 412 212 5421. 412 212 5400. Pittsburgh. Two. Clive Lloyd. 410 306 1420. 410 306 5400. Baltimore.
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingSame result with scope attribute - scope has no effect. Table 15, contact information start, 4 rows, 5 columns. (Table 15, contact information, on R one C one) Name. Phone. Fax. City. One. Joel Garner. Phone, 412 212 5421. Fax, 412 212 5400. City, Pittsburgh. Two. Clive Lloyd. Phone, 410 306 1420. Fax, 410 306 5400. City, Baltimore.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.11Safari 9.1.2 ReadingRow header not read out along with column header for cells (same result with and without scope). Contact information, table, 5 columns, 4 rows. Blank, column 1 of 5. Name, column 2 of 5. Phone number, column 3 of 5. Fax number, column 4 of 5. City, column 5 of 5. Row 2 of 4 name, one, column 1 of 5. Name, Joel Garner, column 2 of 5. Phone, 412 212 5421, column 3 of 5. Fax, 412 212 5400, column 4 of 5. City, Pittsburgh, column 5 of 5. Row 3 of 4 name, two, column 1 of 5. Name, Clive Lloyd, column 2 of 5. Phone, 410 306 1420, column 3 of 5. Fax, 410 306 5400, column 4 of 5. City, Baltimore, column 5 of 5.
Fail VoiceOver OSX 10.10Safari 9.0.1 ReadingRow header not read out along with column header for cells (same result with and without scope). Contact information, table, 5 columns, 4 rows. Blank, column 1 of 5. Name name, column 2 of 5. Phone, phone number, column 3 of 5. Fax, fax number, column 4 of 5. City, city, column 5 of 5. Row 2 of 4 name, one, column 1 of 5. Name, Joel Garner, column 2 of 5. Phone, 412 212 5421, column 3 of 5. Fax, 412 212 5400, column 4 of 5. City, Pittsburgh, column 5 of 5. Row 3 of 4 name, two, column 1 of 5. Name, Clive Lloyd, column 2 of 5. Phone, 410 306 1420, column 3 of 5. Fax, 410 306 5400, column 4 of 5. City, Baltimore, column 5 of 5.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1TouchIncomprehenisible - reads out the wrong headings for cells Contact information, table start. Phone number, name. Fax number, phone number. City, fax number. City. Name, one. Phone number, Joel Garner. Fax number, 412 212 5421. City, 412 212 5400. Pittsburgh. Name, two. Phone number, Clive Lloyd. Fax number, 410 306 1420. City, 410 306 5400. Baltimore.
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4TouchIncomprehenisible - reads out the wrong headings for cells Contact information, table start. Phone number, name. Fax number, phone number. City, fax number. City. Name, one. Phone number, Joel Garner. Fax number, 412 212 5421. City, 412 212 5400. Pittsburgh. Name, two. Phone number, Clive Lloyd. Fax number, 410 306 1420. City, 410 306 5400. Baltimore.

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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: