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FIELDSET containing no controls Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: April 7, 2019

Expected Result: causes problems in some screen readers

Actual Result: causes problems in 5 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:


        <fieldset>
            <legend>Legend but no controls</legend>
        </fieldset>
    

Change History

Last updated: April 7, 2019

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
OK NVDA 2018.4FF60 Reading Legend but no controls
OK NVDA 2018.4FF60 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK NVDA 2018.4IE11 Reading Legend but no controls
OK NVDA 2018.4IE11 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK NVDA 2017.3FF60 Reading Legend but no controls
OK NVDA 2017.3FF60 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK NVDA 2017.3IE11 Reading Legend but no controls
OK NVDA 2017.3IE11 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 Reading Legend but no controls
OK NVDA 2016.2FF48 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 Reading Legend but no controls
OK NVDA 2016.2IE11 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 Reading Legend but no controls
OK NVDA 2015.2FF40 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 Reading Legend but no controls
OK NVDA 2015.2IE11 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 Reading Legend but no controls
OK NVDA 2014.1FF28 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 Reading Legend but no controls
OK NVDA 2014.1IE11 TabbingIgnored as expected
Fail JAWS 2018.1811.2FF60 ReadingIgnored - read next skips over legend
OK JAWS 2018.1811.2FF60 TabbingIgnored as expected
Fail JAWS 2018.1811.2IE11 ReadingIgnored - read next skips over legend
OK JAWS 2018.1811.2IE11 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 18.0.5038FF52 Reading Legend but no controls
OK JAWS 18.0.5038FF52 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 18.0.5038IE11 Reading Legend but no controls
OK JAWS 18.0.5038IE11 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 Reading Legend but no controls
OK JAWS 17.0.2619FF48 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 Reading Legend but no controls
OK JAWS 17.0.2619IE11 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 Reading Legend but no controls
OK JAWS 16.0.4350FF40 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 Reading Legend but no controls
OK JAWS 16.0.4350IE11 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 Reading Legend but no controls
OK JAWS 15.0.9023FF29 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 Reading Legend but no controls
OK JAWS 15.0.9023IE11 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 Reading Legend but no controls
OK JAWS 14.0.9002FF29 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 Reading Legend but no controls
OK JAWS 14.0.9002IE11 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF29 Reading Legend but no controls
OK JAWS 13.0.852FF29 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 Reading Legend but no controls
OK JAWS 13.0.852IE11 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 Reading Legend but no controls
OK WindowEyes 9.2IE11 TabbingIgnored as expected
Fail WindowEyes 8.4IE11 ReadingIgnored - read next skips over legend
OK WindowEyes 8.4IE11 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.13Safari 12.1 Reading Legend but no controls, group. Legend but no controls. End of, legend but no controls, group
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.13Safari 12.1 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.12Safari 10.1.2 Reading Legend but no controls, group
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.12Safari 10.1.2 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.11Safari 9.1.2 Reading Legend but no controls, group
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.11Safari 9.1.2 TabbingIgnored as expected
Fail VoiceOver macOS 10.10Safari 8.0.6 ReadingIgnored - read next skips over legend
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.10Safari 8.0.6 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.9Safari 7.0.3 Reading Legend but no controls
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.9Safari 7.0.3 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK VoiceOver iOS 11.4Safari iOS 11.4Touch Legend but no controls
OK VoiceOver iOS 10.3Safari iOS 10.3Touch Legend but no controls
OK VoiceOver iOS 9.1Safari iOS 9.1Touch Legend but no controls
Fail VoiceOver iOS 8.4Safari iOS 8.4TouchIgnored - read next skips over legend
OK VoiceOver iOS 7.1Safari iOS 7.1Touch Legend but no controls
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 Reading Legend but no controls
OK Dolphin SR 15.05IE11 TabbingIgnored as expected
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 Reading Legend but no controls
OK SaToGo 3.4.96.0IE11 TabbingIgnored as expected

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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: